Love a feel-good family story, don’t you? Gotham Kitty may very well be a book readers can’t wait to finish but don’t want to end. A stand-alone with present tense writing, short (five-or-six-page) chapters, and writing in third-person point-of-view for the characters in the novel, Ann Greyson explores the imaginative world of alien races and their interaction with humans.

1809. The Mount Meru volcano erupts in the middle of a Chagga sacrificial ritual during the time of the great drought. About a dozen people die in rapidly spreading fires from a series of fast moving lava flows that make contact with nearby Chagga banana-leaf roof huts and the blame falls on the Paramount Chief for stubbornly carrying on the ritual on the foothills of Mount Meru. The god Ruwa is angry and unleashes the Evil Shadowy Figure, an evil havoc wreaking spirit from the depths of the netherworld who possesses the spirits of the victims of the fires as a curse on the Bantu tribe of East Africa, so they never forget their past mistakes. Nearly two hundred-years later, the curse of the Evil Shadowy Figure is still plaguing the Chagga that still have members residing on the foothills of Mount Meru, where they grow Arabica coffee, bananas, and medicinal herbs that they sell at local markets in Arusha. Prophecy has it that the day an extraterrestrial falls from the sky, the tribe will have a chance to perform a ritual to end the supernatural curse on them.

December 2010. In a far-off galaxy, a Brozian cargo vessel is enroute to Vlar Station, a remote trading port, where the insectoid smugglers plan to sell a female Catusapien captive on their ship. When the spaceship slips into a wormhole, turbulence allows the Catusapien to escape her cell. The ship spits out into the Milky Way Galaxy and the Catusapien yanks out a few wires behind a wall panel in the engineering area before fleeing in an escape pod. Allison Banes, who is conducting her PhD dissertation research in behavioral and reproductive ecology of black-and-white colobus monkeys and documenting the effect of high temperatures on their behavior and health in the Mount Meru Forest Reserve of Arusha National Park, sees the Brozian spaceship explode in mid-air and crash land. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Allison, a pretty twenty-eight year old woman with brown-hair and eyes, slim, very independent, idealistic, and enjoying the single life since a bad break-up before coming to Tanzania to work on a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Zoology from Cornell University of Ithaca, New York, is on the last leg of her long journey of becoming a primatologist. Nearby the crash site, the Catusapian crawls out of the escape pod and falls asleep. Suffering from something like jet lag, her body has trouble tolerating the changeover from breathing the air of her world to breathing the air on the Earth. Allison finds the half-feline half-human extraterrestrial, carries her off to her white Honda Odyssey minivan taking her home with her for observation. She names her Kitty so if anyone hears her call out to her they think she has a cat.

When Allison Banes falls victim to the Evil Shadowy Figure for harboring the Catusapien, the alien retreats to the forest surrounding Lake Duluti. Azita Hussein, a friend of Allison Banes and medical internist at the medical clinic GoHealth Walk-In Urgent Care in Tanzania, discovers Allison’s small field notebook documenting the alien from outer space and goes on her own search for the alien and for answers to Allison’s questionable death of what appears to be a heart attack. After spearfishing on Christmas Eve, Cassidy Mkama, an 11-year-old African girl, sees the alien and tells her friend Laila Diwani, a Chagga member who tells the tribe’s whimsical Mangi Mkuu, or Paramount Chief, Anton Naruma.

With the reoccurring appearance of the spirit of Sayida Jaquier, a victim of the volcanic fires of that hundreds year old tragedy, whose soul is under the control of the Evil Shadowy Figure and six times great-grand-aunt of Laila, the chance to end the supernatural curse on the Chagga is at hand. And a lifelong friendship between Cassidy and the alien, whom she soon will name Gotham Kitty, is just beginning.

A worthy tale of friendship that will have every reader wishing for an extraterrestrial like Gotham Kitty who they can call their own. Because she’s not going home. Gotham Kitty lives the rest of her life in peace in East Africa free from scrutiny. The heads of TANAPA, Tanzania National Parks Authority confiscate the escape pod. Months later they decipher the aircraft as the property of an insectoid alien race. So, the authorities never go after Gotham Kitty nor ever hear about her. For some months they discreetly search East Africa for an insectoid being that they never find. So, the case of the spaceship crash closes.

puRR link to short TV program c. 6/18, {Manhattan Neighborhood Network Lifestyle Channel 4 broadcast on Spectrum Channel 67 and Verizon FiOS TV Channel 36 and Residential Communications Network RCN Channel 85 in New York}

Gotham Kitty link to short TV program c. 6/13, {2016 MystiCon Independent Film Festival screening in Board Room 2 at Holiday Inn Tanglewood, Roanoke, VA}, {The 2014 VOLLIE Awards nominee Best Arts/Entertainment Program for Comcast Channel 19 CMC Community Media Center, Westminster, MD} and {YouTube, San Bruno, CA} and {reference TV_20977 at The Museum of Broadcast Communications, Chicago, IL}