Lily and the Octopus Steven Rowley
An Indie Next Pick
A Library Reads Pick
A Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month
Sold in Translation in 15 Countries
“Lily and the Octopus is the dog book you must read this summer.. a very profound experience." —The Washington Post
“An exceedingly authentic, keenly insightful, and heartbreakingly poignant tribute to the purity of love between a pet and its human.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Touching, fresh, energetic... a profound exploration of grief...A wonderfully moving story.” —Garth Stein, bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain
“A quirky and deeply affecting charmer of a novel, Lily and the Octopus is funny, wise, and utterly original in its exploration of what it means to love any mortal creature. —Sara Gruen, bestselling author of Water for Elephants
In this moving, revelatory literary novel reminiscent of The Life of Pi and The Art of Racing in the Rain, a young writer finds himself unable to open up to the possibility of love--except through the companionship of his aging dachshund Lily. But with the unexpected arrival of a small octopus that affixes itself, unrelenting, to Lily's head, it soon becomes clear this invader is strangling the life from his dog and threatening the bond between man and his one true friend.
With transportive spins into magic realism at sea and beautifully evoked universal truths of loss and longing on land, a hilariously sardonic and not altogether reliable narrator, and one unforgettable hound whose simple passions and inspiring wisdom will break your heart and put it back together again, Lily and the Octopus captures the singular search for meaning in the face of death and introduces a dazzling new voice in fiction.
Steven Rowley has worked as a freelance writer, alternative weekly newspaper columnist and screenwriter. Originally from Portland, Maine, he is a graduate of Emerson College. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his boyfriend and their dog. Lily and the Octopus is his first novel. Follow him on Twitter @mrstevenrowley
Published by Simon & Schuster in 2016.