Lily and the Octopus
by Steven Rowley
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016. 305 pages. Fiction.
Lily, the aging dachshund, has a new battle to fight, with an octopus. Or at least that’s what her owner, Ted Flask, has deemed the growth on her head, because “tumor” is too sad a reality. Together, the pair recount the wonderful and full life they’ve lived with one another; talking about cute boys, playing monopoly, and burrowing down into the best part of the blankets. As the battle with the octopus becomes more intense, and at times a bit magical (maybe even over the top), the charm and sweetness remain until the very last page.
I’d recommend this book to people who enjoyed The Art of Racing in the Rain or anyone who has ever imagined conversations with a beloved pet. This book reaffirms the way that animal companions enrich our lives, and bring a sort of joy that is unmatched. The heart of the book is in the relationship between dog and owner and the intimacies of pet/human relationships and love.The book was charming and emotional, as well as relatable to anyone who has really loved and cared for a furry friend.