ONE WHITE WHISKER: The Cat Who Loved Jazz
“One White Whisker” is two stories that interconnect. Beginning and ending each chapter is an allegorical tale of a feral black alley cat and his harsh existence. Inserted within is the story of people who run a jazz club, their relations to each other, and especially a black boy who rises from busboy to a famous jazz band leader. The portal from one story to the other is a ventilation shaft from which the cat witnesses the strange and erratic behavior of his enemies, the Diurnal Furless Bipeds, and especially the black boy who believes the black cat gives him musical inspiration. The story takes place in a city in the Deep South during the Depression of the early 1930s.