Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley moved me from laughter to tears. I knew absolutely nothing about this novel other than its catchy title and popularity which further increased my astonished reaction to it.
When Ted, a forty-something gay man discovers an “octopus” affixed to his beloved dachshund’s head, he remembers when she was just a pup and the story goes from there to poor Lily’s inevitable decline and eventual death. I cried like a baby.
This is a terrific book about love and the bond between owners and their pets. I loved this book. In addition to being heartfelt, is so very clever and funny. I ran the gamut of emotions reading it. It brought back memories of the many pets who have shared my life. I treasure them all, and as the author writes in this novel, will love them forever. This is a touching novel worth reading.