A tearjerker for dog lovers
Lily and the Octopus by debut author Steven Rowley is a book about a 12-year-old dachshund (Lily) who has a brain tumor (the octopus). Lily’s human, Ted, discovers Lily’s tumor but cannot face up to it so he calls it the octopus. Ted is a gay man who works as a freelance writer in Los Angeles and has ended his long-term relationship with Jeffery. Ted is a bit self-absorbed and sees a therapist to work through some emotional issues although the sessions are not helpful. The one constant and continuing source of love in Ted’s life is Lily. Ted has convinced himself that Lily talks to him and plays Monopoly with him. After a while, the evil octopus talks to him too. Be warned: this book does not end happily. This book is a good choice for readers who liked The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, Echo Through the Snow by Andrea Thalasinos, A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron (or any of his dog books), The Dog Who Danced by Susan Wilson (or any of her dog books) and A Dog Named Christmas by Gregory Kincaid (or any of his dog books).