Lily and the Octopus
  • Author : Steven Rowley
  • Release Date : 07 June 2016
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 13 : 9781501126246
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Book excerpt: A national bestseller 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 the dog book you must read this summer” (The Washington Post). Ted—a gay, single, struggling writer is stuck: unable to open himself up to intimacy except through the steadfast companionship of Lily, his elderly dachshund. When Lily’s health is compromised, Ted vows to save her by any means necessary. By turns hilarious and poignant, an adventure with spins into magic realism and beautifully evoked truths of loss and longing, 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. Introducing a dazzling and completely original new voice in fiction and an unforgettable hound that will break your heart—and put it back together again. Remember the last book you told someone they had to read? Lily and the Octopus is the next one. “Startlingly imaginative...this love story is sure to assert its place in the canine lit pack...Be prepared for outright laughs and searing or silly moments of canine and human recognition. And grab a tissue: “THERE! WILL! BE! EYE! RAIN!” (New York Newsday).

Lily and the Octopus

Lily and the Octopus

Author : Steven Rowley
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Genre : Fiction
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A national bestseller 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 the dog book you must read this summer” (The Washington Post). Ted—a gay, single, struggling writer is stuck: unable to ...

Lily and the Octopus

Lily and the Octopus

Author : Steven Rowley
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Genre : Fiction
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"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. [The book] reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be ...

Lily and the Octopus

Lily and the Octopus

Author : Steven Rowley
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Genre : Fiction
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‘Intelligently written, finely observed and surprisingly moving, this is a book you’ll find hard to put down’ Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project Companions come in all shapes and sizes. Companionship lasts forever. Lily and the Octopus is a novel about finding that special someone to share your ...

Lily and the Octopus

Lily and the Octopus

Author : Steven Rowley
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Genre : Fiction
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A national bestseller 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 the dog book you must read this summer” (The Washington Post). Ted—a gay, single, struggling writer is stuck: unable to ...

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Publisher : Penguin
Genre : Fiction
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Genre : Fiction
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