Lily and the Octopus (Large Print / Hardcover)

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The book is beautifully written yet heartbreaking story. You will laugh and you will cry. Lily is a 12 year old dachshund, with a tumor on her head. Her owner, Ted, refuses to recognize the tumor and refers to it as an octopus instead. This book is about the deep bond that can exist between humans and dogs. Ted is a witty but lonely guy who has awesome conversations and adventures with his dachsund. There is a bit of magical realism ( you'll know it when you get there) but it fits into the story very well.

— Debbie

June 2016 Indie Next List

“Lily and the Octopus is a profound book about all the important things in life -- love, how to let go, how important it is to live in the moment, and how one big love can lead to another. And Lily, dear Lily, is at the center -- a smart, movie-loving dog who would never pass up the chance at some good ice cream, tofurkey dinner, or beaming her unconditional love at her human companion, Ted. Told with humor, compassion, and a quirky sense of life's possibilities, Lily and the Octopus will hold you by the heart long after the final page is turned.”
— Pam Cady, University Book Store, Seattle, WA


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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781410490834
ISBN-10: 1410490831
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Publication Date: June 8th, 2016
Pages: 410
Language: English
Series: Thorndike Basic