Lily and the Octopus is not a book many will pick up. Steven Rowley writes like no-one has written previously. This is a book that will have you contemplating living and dying. IT will move you and challenge you. The characters (one being a dog) are delightfully developed and charmingly witty.
The book of choice
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
Why this book?
“A heart is judged not by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.” Steven Rowley, Lily and the Octopus.
“It’s natural, as our loved ones age, to start grieving their loss even before we lose them.” Steven Rowley, Lily and the Octopus.
Need I say more. I don’t normally quote for the book her, but the words are so beautiful and surely through reading them you are flooded with emotion.
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This book was published in 2016 and was Steven Rowley’s debut novel. No surprises here in the knowledge that he owns a Dachshund! He grew up in Maine but now resides in Los Angeles.
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Why should you read it?
What Rowley names “the octopus” is the kind of language you expect when you are waiting for someone to die of cancer. Don’t mention the ‘c’ word and it will all be okay. The cancer is not confirmed as either benign or malignant. Poor Lily has one and she is not getting better.
This is a book about reflection. Heart wrenching at points and brilliantly humorous. If you have ever loved a pet or appreciated being loved by animals, then this book is wonderful. Love, loyalty and loss are all subjects you are faced with reading this book. Finding someone who completes you is the essence of the whole story. Don’t we all want to be loved in the way our dog loves us?
I am not going to pretend this book is written in a style that will not challenge you. It is delightful. I loved not only the reading style but the humour and the feelings the book provokes. Read it. You will enjoy it.