Labels, a short story by Louis de Bernières is about a man who finds himself drawn towards collecting cat food labels and then finds it escalating into an obsession. He cannot draw himself away from these labels regardless of the effect it has on his job, wallet, marriage and other relationships in his life. But in the end his collection becomes his salvation, as one man’s hoard of pet food might be another gourmand’s pâté. It is a quirky story, beautifully told—part O’Henry and part Twilight Zone.
Labels also comes bound as two beautifully illustrated diminutive editions— the first, a limited edition of books signed by the author in 1993 and the second published in 2001.