Friday Fiction – Bridget of Cat’s Head Point

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Bridget of Cat's Head PointBridget of Cat’s Head Point
Winters
1994

Submitter: I think the man on the cover (that look on his face!) and Bridget’s hair are what struck me at first. Apparently there really is a Cat’s Head Point in northern Michigan! I had to keep the book, personally, just for a laugh from time to time.

Holly: 1994? I would have guessed early 1980s for a publication date on this one. This “Great Lakes Romances” series was a slam-dunk collection choice, especially in Michigan, when it was published almost 24 years ago. Libraries in the Traverse City, MI area might have a reason to keep it. The rest of us can let it go if it no longer circulates. There is a reader survey form (included with the images below) that is completely useless now. That guy on the cover does have an odd look. Is he supposed to look mad? Is the sun in his eyes? Is he plotting her demise?

Bridget of Cat's Head Point author

Bridget of Cat's Head Point - chapter 1

Reader survey

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10 comments

  1. I’m not sure who the woman resembles, but the guy in the background looks like Harvey Korman doing his Rhett Butler impersonation on the Carol Burnett show (from the “Went With the Wind” sketch?).

  2. For some reason, the smug mug of the orange-haired fellow on the cover makes me think of Donald Trump. I have my suspicions about what he is planning to grab.

  3. “I’d like you to meet my cousin, Erik Olson.”
    Whenever I read something like this, I wonder how the viewpoint character knows that she isn’t being introduced to Eric Olsen. I also wonder how she can tell from the front that her friend’s hair is in a French twist.

    According to google’s ngram viewer, the phrase “French twist” first appeared around 1850 (this surprised me) though it didn’t become common until around 1980. Darn. I was hoping to find a wild anachronism right on the very first page.

  4. Is that what happens to your hair when you live on Cat’s Head Point? (Are there kitty ears under there?)

  5. So, so many things I could say about the bloke on the cover but they are all of a ‘toilet-humour’ nature…..

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