Lily and the Octopus
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Lily and the Octopus


Ted—a gay, single, struggling writer is stuck: unable to open himself up to intimacy except through the steadfast companionship of Lily, his elderly dachshund. When Lily’s health is compromised, Ted vows to save her by any means necessary. By turns hilarious and poignant, an adventure with spins into magic realism and beautifully evoked truths of loss and longing, 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.

Title:Lily and the Octopus
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:307 pages

    Lily and the Octopus Reviews

  • karen
    Mar 02, 2016

    congratulations! semifinalist in goodreads' best fiction AND debut author categories 2016! i added this book to my to-read list back when i heard about it, but it was one of those wobbly to-read inten...

  • Melissa ? Dog Lover ? Martin
    Mar 07, 2016

    I DID NOT WANT TO CRY TODAY! DAMN IT! *Some spoilers*I put off reading this book for some time. I would look over at the book in my stacks and say..not today. Because. I knew I was going to cry. And I...

  • Jennifer Masterson
    Jun 10, 2016

    "Lily and the Octopus" was hysterical before it became sad! The audio version is as good as audio gets! Actor, Michael Urie, absolutely hit this out of the ballpark!!! People tell me they don't like a...

  • Emily May
    Jul 10, 2016

    This is a very cute story about a man and his beloved dachshund. You probably already know what happens, as is the nature of these kinds of books, but it was far less cheesy than it might have been. R...

  • Stephanie
    Nov 08, 2016

    5 shining stars ... quirky and emotional story of how a man handles the failing health of his beloved dog....Ted is in his early 30's and has recently gone through a break-up. He's seeing a psychologi...

  • Elyse
    Apr 14, 2017

    "Lily is nuzzled into my armpit as I lie on top of the covers in my own bed. She's radiating heat like the sun, but as long as she's comfortable I'm not going to move. My sweat is cementing us togethe...

  • Diane Barnes
    Apr 20, 2016

    You can't say I wasn't warned. First of all, dog stories tend to have sad endings. Then on the first page you learn that Lily, the dachshund is 12 years old, 84 in people years. Again, not promising. ...

  • DeB MaRtEnS
    Mar 07, 2016

    Here I go, bucking the flow of the majority opinion. Lily and the Octopus did not work for me. Quirky books are generally favourites of mine. I am a pile of mush over dog stories. But somehow this mis...

  • Bianca
    May 02, 2016

    I don't really know how to rate this novel.Spoilerish review.I'm sure many will love this novel. I'm not sure I did. Actually, I know I didn't. I didn't hate it either. It was readable but I became ti...

  • Cathrine ??
    Jun 26, 2016

    3.75★Having raised 4 dachshunds myself I could not pass this one up. It’s a unique, funny, charming, quirky, defensive, obsessive, and problematic story, just like the breed itself. A fictional ta...