Genre: General Fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: June 7th, 2016
Page Count: 307
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.
I absolutely adored this book. It brought me to tears multiple times. And I’m such a sucker for novels with animals in them. Throw in an unbreakable bond between a human and his pet, and I’m sold.
“A heart is judged not by how much you loved, but by how much you are loved by others”
That is what Lily and the Octopus is about. The beautiful bond that a man can share with his dog. This amazing book reminded me of all the previous cats that I have loved growing up and how each cat I cared for impacted me in some small way.
Lily and the Octopus is the story of a 42-year-old guy named Ted and his beautiful relationship with his 12-year-old dachshund dog named Lily. As the story progresses, Ted realises something that’s affecting Lily’s health and and the way he copes with the possibility of losing Lily sets the foundation of this book. I can’t write more about it because it’ll be spoilery in a way. But there is something truly special about this book.
Lily and the Octopus is such a easy read. With short chapters and a simple plot, you’ll find yourself easily absorbed into the book. I loved the flashbacks laid out as you read the story, giving you glimpses of how Ted loved Lily with all his heart and how she made his life better. The lives they lived together is bound to break your heart, for there is no purer relationship than a man and his pet.
Lily and the Octopus is such an emotional book. I can’t really describe it any other way. With every page turned, we witness the love between Ted and Lily and can’t help but to root for their ending to be a happy one. We feel the pain Ted feels throughout the book, and we feel the joy of Lily that naturally comes with being a dog. Lily and the Octopus is bound to tug your heartstrings, and the more reasons to love this book.
“After a pause Lily looks up at me. “Sometimes I think of you as Dad.”
My heart rises in my throat. That’s the only term of endearment I need.”
I would definitely recommend Lily and the Octopus to anyone looking for a deep emotional read about the beautiful unbreakable bond a human has with his animal companion. Anyone who’s taken care of a pet knows the joys and sorrows that come with it. And no doubt Lily and the Octopus will remind you why we keep loving the ones who love us unconditionally in spite of all our imperfections.