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Lily and the octopus

by Rowley, Steven, 1971-

Format: Print Book 2017
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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Fiction Fic Row
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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 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 ).
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Lily is Ted's best friend. She's short and has big eyes and an infectious personality. Her profile would list her likes as playing Monopoly, watching old movies, and eating mint chocolate-chip ice cream. She's also a 12-year-old dachshund with a brain tumor. Ted, who visualizes the mass growing inside Lily's head as a sentient being with a personality all its own, refuses to acknowledge it for what it is and so refers to it as an octopus. As such, Ted faces this monster that is robbing him of his dearest companion, engaging it in a battle of wills that take on epic proportions. Rowley's portrait of a sensitive, single man facing a pet owner's worst nightmare brims with the honest emotions that come from unconditional love. This debut novel is being strongly touted, but for all its giddiness and gusto, it is about the death of a loved one, and readers who have faced similar situations will want to think before reaching for this gut-wrenching tale. Once readers commit however, the emotional toll is well worth it because Rowley has written an exceedingly authentic, keenly insightful, and heartbreakingly poignant tribute to the purity of love between a pet and its human.--Haggas, Carol Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "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) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Dogs -- Fiction.
Dog owners -- Fiction.
Human-animal relationships -- Fiction.
Gay men -- Fiction.
Dachshunds -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Publisher New York :2017
Edition First Simon & Schuster trade paperback edition.
Language English
Notes Includes reading group guide.
Description 305 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781501126239
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