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Lily and the Octopus
by Steven Rowley


Overview - Combining the emotional depth of "The Art of Racing in the Rain" with the magical spirit of "The Life of Pi," "Lily and the Octopus "is an epic adventure of the heart.
When you sit down with "Lily and the Octopus," you will be taken on an unforgettable ride.
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Overview
Combining the emotional depth of "The Art of Racing in the Rain" with the magical spirit of "The Life of Pi," "Lily and the Octopus "is an epic adventure of the heart.
When you sit down with "Lily and the Octopus," you will be taken on an unforgettable ride.
The magic of this novel is in the read, and we don t want to spoil it by giving away too many details.
We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can t live without.
For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog.
"Lily and the Octopus "reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.
Remember the last book you told someone they "had "to read?
"Lily and the Octopus" is the next one."
From our buyer, Margaret Terwey: "If you've ever had an aging dog that you loved fiercely, and then you had to let go, this debut novel was written for you. I won't lie, you'll need a lot of tissues, but there will also be laughs, and it's so worth the emotional toll."


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  • ISBN-13: 9781501126222
  • ISBN-10: 1501126229
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publish Date: June 2016
  • Page Count: 320


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-04-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

Screenwriter Rowley’s sensitive, hilarious, and emotionally rewarding debut novel explores the effect that pets can have on human lives. Teddy is unhappily single in L.A. In between sessions with his therapist and dates with men he meets online, it is his beloved 12-year-old dachshund, Lily, who occupies his heart. Curiously, Teddy is able to communicate with Lily, with whom he debates the attractiveness of male celebrities and plays board games. Distressingly, he is also able to communicate with the “octopus” attached to the little dog’s head, which is soon revealed to be a metaphor for Lily’s lethal cranial tumor. Complicating matters is the increasing prevalence of Lily’s seizures and the looming inevitability of her demise. The intimacy of pet ownership is sweetly suffused throughout this heartwarming autobiographical fiction, originally written as self-therapy for the author’s own grief. In generous helpings of bittersweet humanity, Rowley has written an immensely poignant and touchingly relatable tale that readers (particularly animal lovers) will love. Agent: Rob Weisbach, Rob Weisbach Creative Management. (June)

 
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