Lily and the Octopus | Steven Rowley

A heart is judged not by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.”

Genre: Animal Fiction.

Number of Pages: 307.
Perspective: First.
Location: Los Angeles, California.
This book is about a man’s beloved dachshund with a cancerous tumor on his head. The owner, Ted, personifies this tumor as an octopus who is killing his best friend. He will do whatever it takes to fight off the octopus. For a complete summary, you can go here.
At first, my thoughts were: wow, this is a strange book…this guy must be on drugs since he is hallucinating. Then I thought: this book is really sweet and I can understand the deep connection between a person and a dog. Near the end of the book I thought: ok, this guy lost me again…this book got super weird and way over the top. My final thoughts: this book was based on the author’s relationship with his own dog, so I can see how this is cathartic and part of his healing process.
It honestly took me awhile to piece together my feelings about this book. I would say that I really enjoyed about 70% of it. The climax of the novel, which should have been the most interesting, completely lost me. It went way too far with the central metaphor and personification going on the book. I honestly started skimming the rest of the book after that. 
This book made me feel a lot of emotions and hug my fur babies tight. It is a sad topic, but I wouldn’t say that the whole book is sad. As with any book about loss, it can’t really have a “happy” ending, however, it is a story about moving forward. I didn’t know what to expect when starting this novel, so it took me awhile to get over the initial magical realism component. I do recommend it for pet lovers (anyone without a pet will probably just think that this guy is crazy). If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think! 

“It’s natural, as our loved ones age, to start grieving their loss even before we lose them.”

3/5 Stars 
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

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