Lily and the Octopus

National  Bestseller

Film Rights to Amazon Studios

An Indie Next Pick

A Library Reads Pick

A Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month

Sold in Translation in 19 Countries

“Reading this heart-wrenching but ultimately breathtaking novel was a very profound experience…. As Lily might say, ‘YOU! MUST! READ! THIS! BOOK!’” — 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.

Steven Rowley is the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus. He has worked as a freelance writer, newspaper columnist and screenwriter. Originally from Portland, Maine, he is a graduate of Emerson College. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

Published by Simon & Schuster in 2016.

More praise for Lily and the Octopus:

“Sensitive, hilarious, and emotionally rewarding.... The intimacy of pet ownership is sweetly suffused throughout this heartwarming autobiographical fiction... In generous helpings of bittersweet humanity, Rowley has written an immensely poignant and touchingly relatable tale that readers (particularly animal lovers) will love.” — Publishers Weekly
“Steven Rowley’s touching, fresh, energetic novel isn’t simply another ‘boy and his dog’ story. It is a profound exploration of grief—how we find ourselves lost, how we search for reason, how we sacrifice ourselves for our loved ones, all to avoid paying the octopus. But the octopus will be paid. And in settling that debt, in the magical, hopeful world of Lily and the Octopus, we will learn to live—and love—again. A wonderfully moving story.” 
— Garth Stein, bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain
“An exceedingly authentic, keenly insightful, and heartbreakingly poignant tribute to the purity of love between a pet and its human.”
Booklist, starred review
“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. This brave little dachshund will capture your heart, as will her prickly, tenderhearted, and irresistible owner. Don't miss their adventures together.” — Sara Gruen, bestselling author of Water for Elephants

“Startlingly imaginative...‘Lily and the Octopus’ is a love story sure to assert its place in the canine lit pack...Be prepared for outright laughs and searing or silly moments of canine and human recognition. And grab a tissue: THERE! WILL! BE! EYE! RAIN!”  — Newsday
“Singular, spectacular, and touchingly tentacular.” — Chris Cleave, bestselling author of Little Bee
“You will tear through this big-hearted, inventive novel. A fast and funny read that also happens to be a profound meditation on love and forgiveness, Lily and the Octopus is a delight.” —Christina Baker Kline, bestselling author of Orphan Train
“Intelligently written, finely observed, and surprisingly moving, this is a book you’ll find hard to put down.” — Graeme Simsion, bestselling author of The Rosie Project
“A whimsical, touching tale” —People
“My favorite book of the year: Steven Rowley's Lily and the Octopus. Hilarious, heartbreaking. You will absolutely cry and you will love it."  
— Patrick Ness, bestselling author of The Rest of Us Just Live Here 
“In his funny, ardent and staunchly kooky way, Rowley expresses exactly what it's like to love a dog.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Rowley shares a moving, profound tale of grappling with loss.” — Real Simple
“Portland’s Steven Rowley strikes a chord in a moving book about heartache and friendship that is expected to be a big seller this summer.”
Portland Press Herald
“The connection between man and dog is loud and clear in this sweet novel…” — Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Photo of Steven Rowley by Malina Saval