Lily and the Octopus

Lily and the Octopus

A Novel

Large Print - 2016
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Remember the last book you told someone they had to read? Lily and the Octopus is the next one.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.
Publisher: Farmington Hill, Michigan : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning ©2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410490834
Characteristics: 409 pages ;,23 cm.


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IndyPL_ChaseM Jun 26, 2019

In "Lily and the Octopus," Lily is a dachshund, and the octopus is a brain tumor that sits atop her head. Lily and her owner, Ted, spend their nights playing board games, eating pizza, and talking about cute boys. Their bond is strong until the octopus comes between them.

This book was given to me because I have always grown up with dachshund and currently live with two. The author, Steven Rowley, wrote this book as a way of dealing with the grief of losing his own dachshund, also named Lily. Needless to say, he expertly captures the spirit of how quirky wiener dogs can be - stubborn, playful, loving, sometimes jerky, brave beyond their size... (Dachshund owners will know what I'm talking about.)

The first person narrative might be a little off-putting to some readers, but I felt it reflected the anxiety and desperation anyone would feel watching a loved one go through something painfully tough. The story overall is much like a dachshund - quirky.

May 13, 2019

A well-written book filled with wit, joy, heartbreak and hope. I laughed and cried.

May 09, 2019

A great book to read on a rainy day.

Tender, sweet, and sentimental.
The protagonist deals with his beloved dog, Lily, succumbing to a malignant tumor and supports her throughout the illness.

Made me shed a couple of tears.

May 06, 2019

The story was not what I expected. First of all, the octopus was evil. Also, it was a sad story, get the tissue, but very sweet.

Feb 04, 2018

Ted and Lily will grab your heart strings. Within you will follow a journey of true love to the end... and how life goes becomes a battlefield and how life inevitably goes on afterwards. You will not be able to just read and forget this story. Perhaps you will find your own methods to deal with your own octopus' after reading this book.

Vilka Nov 14, 2017

Very touching story about an anxiety-ridden middle-aged guy not long out of a bad break-up and now dealing with the failing health of his best friend--his aging dachshund, Lily. Humorous scenes of his mother, sister, close (human) friend, and ineffectual therapist trying to help him through this most difficult part of his life.
Relatable story for anyone who has ever loved a pet or had to deal with the illness of a loved one.
Now don't cry. ;P

Nov 08, 2017

This was a great book, but beware - it’s a tearjerker! Lily is a great companion to Ted, and they’re story is a good one. The 1st chapter I was skeptical, but I really like it!

Jul 24, 2017

This one had so much promise in the beginning, but totally lost me in the end. It was just too metaphorical and complicated. I wanted to call it a tear-jerker but it wasn't for me.

WVMLlibrarianCathy Jun 26, 2017

A funny, sincere, tear-jerking book for any dog lover.

May 25, 2017

A wonderful book. A must read for any dog lover.

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