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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. 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. Be prepared for outright laughs and searing or silly moments of canine and human recognition.
Lily and the Octopus is a novel by Steven Rowley in which forty-two-year-old Ted Flask must face the heartbreaking decision to put his beloved dog, Lily, to sleep. She has been his constant companion for twelve and a half years and has been with him through all the trials of his life in that time, including the bad relationship he had with Jeffrey for six years. Ted does everything from watching movies to playing Monopoly with Lily, though Lily herself does not actually play Monopoly. Ted also imbues Lily with her own voice and speech, though she does not actually speak in words but instead through her actions and manners. Everything that Ted does, Lily is somehow made a part of. Ted consults his mother and his best friend, Trent, about the situation.
Reading this heart-wrenching but ultimately breathtaking novel was a very profound experience Be prepared for outright laughs and searing or silly moments of canine and human recognition. The intimacy of pet ownership is sweetly suffused throughout this heartwarming autobiographical fiction In generous helpings of bittersweet humanity, Rowley has written an immensely poignant and touchingly relatable tale that readers particularly animal lovers will love. It is a profound exploration of grief-how we find ourselves lost, how we search for reason, how we sacrifice ourselves for our loved ones, all to avoid paying the octopus.
Lily and the Octopus is the debut novel of Steven Rowley.
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