Combining the emotional depth of The Art of Racing in the Rainwith 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.
Where do I start with this one?? How about how I purchased this book many months back and solely because of the weenie on the cover. Then Oscar passed away and this book was buried very deep into a pile. Now, fast forward to last week and one day I got this weird feeling all day that I “needed” to read this book. All of a sudden I got this overwhelming interest in reading this book, like I HAD to start it THAT night. And So I did……
NOW< saying that this “review” contains spoilers is maybe too much…. if you read the back of this book you realize this is about a journey, it eludes to the end and if you read the first 5 pages everything is laid out. So with that being said I CAN NOT explain what this was to me without saying what happened to Lily.
Like I said the first 5 pages BLEW me away, I literally had no IDEA that this book was literally about a tan weenie who had EYE SOCKET CANCER. DO you know how rare that is? And in this book this dog had a tumor above/in her eye JUST like my boy Oscar. And hence the tumor is named The Octopus…. and that description is mind blowing. Because that is what it was. ( I will let the book do the rest) And I cried and I cried all 4 nights I read this book. Lily also had spinal surgery EXACTLY like my Oscar, Lily also lost her eye site almost just like my Oscar…. I mean is this real?
Now onto the review….. This book is imaginative. About 1/4 of the book is the lead gentleman actually talking to the Octopus on Lily’s head and it talking back, and Lily also talks. The middle of the book is a tad strange with this imaginative excursion to find and kill an Octopus but it is really just him working thru the fact that his one true love is leaving him. And when that happens it is almost exactly what happened to Oscar and his emotions mimic mine so much it broke my heart. Again.
What does this mean? I honestly think it was my Oscar letting me know he is there, showing me his reach from the other side and oddly him saying Hi Mom. This book was so unusual but honest and of course I recommend it. Here is a neat story, I found the author on Instagram and found the picture of his Lily.. who was real and I commented. And he replied back to me about my Oscar and his Lily, it was touching.
If anything this book taught me what I already knew…. that my love for Oscar is soo deep, absolutely a part of me died with him. And that heart ache that actually hurts has not and will not go away. I literally cannot put it into words how much I miss my boy, as does Matt. Sometimes I think, is this real life…. where is Oscar, it’s literally like my head will not believe he is gone. Not ONE DAY goes by without me thinking about him and luckily lately it is all full of fond memories. Every night before bed I pray that God will let Oscar come visit me in my dreams and that I can remember them. But maybe this pressing urge to read this book was Oscar visiting me for real and I didn’t only remember it, I read about his life on paper. xo