Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
If you are a "dog person" you'll find yourself chuckling and maybe even crying as you jump into life with Ted and Lily. Ted Flask is a middle-aged gay man who may have some issues with relationships, but the one thing that is true and good in his life is his adorable Dachshund Lily. That is until a metaphorical Octopus (aka - tumor) suddenly appears on Lily's head and the reality that life with Lily by his side was not guaranteed. Ted, and sometimes Lily, takes readers on an adventure filled with love, grief, confusion, and ultimately compassion. We all know that dogs are great companions, but we also know that they typically don't outlive their human companions, and this knowledge is what breaks the heart of any reader who has their own Lily (or Fido, or Ruger, or...).
Filled with magical realism, humor, and just enough reality to keep you wondering what's actually happening, Rowley's story of "man's best friend" will resonate with many readers.
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