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Lily and the Octopus (Hardcover)

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This novel is real. The narrator is 42 years old, witty, single – a prime example of a gay man who becomes charmingly superficial when in danger of connecting too closely with the people around him. The center of Ted’s life is Lily, a 12-year-old dachshund. Ted notices an odd-shaped tumor – an octopus, he calls it – on Lily’s head. Through the course of the book, we get a picture of Ted’s and Lily’s life together – part of it shared with Jeffrey (why didn’t that work? should it have been broken off sooner?). And we see Ted wrestle with (or avoid) the heart-wrenching question of how (whether?) to combat the octopus on Lily’s head…while also searching for (or avoiding) a meaningful romantic relationship. Anyone who has loved and lost will be able to resonate with this story.

— Anita Christian

June 2016 Indie Next List

“Lily and the Octopus is a profound book about all the important things in life -- love, how to let go, how important it is to live in the moment, and how one big love can lead to another. And Lily, dear Lily, is at the center -- a smart, movie-loving dog who would never pass up the chance at some good ice cream, tofurkey dinner, or beaming her unconditional love at her human companion, Ted. Told with humor, compassion, and a quirky sense of life's possibilities, Lily and the Octopus will hold you by the heart long after the final page is turned.”
— Pam Cady, University Book Store, Seattle, WA


"Lily and the Octopus is the dog book you must read this summer...a profound experience." --The Washington Post
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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781501126222
ISBN-10: 1501126229
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: June 7th, 2016
Pages: 320
Language: English