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Steven Rowley has worked as a freelance writer, newspaper columnist, and screenwriter. Originally from Portland, Maine, he is a graduate of Emerson College. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his boyfriend and their dog. Lily and the Octopus is his first novel. Follow him on social media @MrStevenRowley.
October 2017 Debut of the Month This exuberant debut about living life to the full with that someone special (who might just happen to have four legs and a tail) races through a riotous rainbow of emotions, and will delight fans of eccentric fictional voices, especially those of the committed canine-lover variety. Forty-two year-old Ted is struggling to recover from breaking-up with a long-term partner, and the only thing that makes life feel worth living is Lily, his twelve-year-old dachshund (that’s eighty-four in dog years). Then, during one of their regular evening discussions, Ted notices that something’s not right with Lily. “It’s not often you see an octopus up close, let alone in your living room, let alone perched on your dog’s head like a birthday hat,” Ted observes. It turns out that the octopus is a hungry tumour that seems set on ending their time together. What follows is a quirky tragi-comic journey through their transformative relationship, as Ted reflects on their life together. By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, with a spicy sprinkling of magic realism, this quirky top-dog-dynamo of a debut has much to offer Matt Haig fans. ~ Joanne Owen #NationalPetMemorialDay #NeverFURget #LilyandtheOctopus
'Delicately observed' Sunday Times 'Laugh-out-loud funny and searingly poignant' Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones and the Six One of PopSugar's 'Buzzy Books to Read This Spring' 'A sweet and charming novel, perfect for fans of Jackie O and Rowley's first novel, Lily and the Octopus, alike' PopSugar _____________________________________________________________ After years of struggling as a writer in 1990s New York City, James Smale finally gets his big break when his novel sells to an editor at a major publishing house:none other than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Jackie, or Mrs. Onassis as she's known in the office, loves James's candidly autobiographical novel, about his own dysfunctional family. As Jackie and James develop an unexpected friendship, she pushes him to write an authentic ending, encouraging him to confront the truth about his relationship with his mother. But when a long-held family secret is revealed, he realises his editor may have had a larger plan that goes beyond the page... ____________________________________________________________ Find out why readers have fallen in love with The Editor: 'What an excellent read this is! Beautifully written, with a sad yet poignantly beautiful ending' Gillian F 'I devoured in just a couple of sittings, only breaking for sleep and work!' Kath B 'I loved it - I couldn't wait to find out what happened next' Katrina P 'What a clever, gorgeously written story!' Kate H 'With a delightfully quirky storyline, great characterisation, wonderful wry humour and warmth, this book is an intriguing, thoughtful read. I loved it!' Joy L 'A beautiful book, full of characters to appreciate and care for' Lucy W 'I absolutely loved this novel - funny, moving, interesting and always entertaining!' Yvonne C 'Made me laugh, made me think and then ultimately made me cry!' Net A 'I laughed so much throughout this book; it's beautiful and heartwarming' Michelle H 'Bittersweet and charming!' Siobhan D
'Intelligently written, finely observed and surprisingly moving, this is a book you'll find hard to put down' Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project Companions come in all shapes and sizes. Companionship lasts forever. Lily and the Octopus is a novel about finding that special someone to share your life with. For Ted Flask, that someone is Lily, and she happens to be a dog. This novel reminds us how 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. Reminiscent of The Life of Pi and The Art of Racing in the Rain, with spins into magic realism and beautifully evoked universal truths of love, loyalty and loss, a hilariously sardonic and not altogether reliable narrator, and one unforgettable hound who simple wisdom will break your heart and put it back together again, Lily and the Octopus captures the search for meaning in death and introduces a dazzling new voice in fiction.
Named to the American Library Association's Reference & User Services (RUSA) Listen List! 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.
A revelatory literary novel reminiscent of The Life of Pi and The Art of Racing in the Rain, a struggling writer finds himself unable to open up to the possibility of love - except through the companionship of his aging dachshund Lily. But with the unexpected arrival of a small octopus that affixes itself to Lily's head, it soon becomes clear the invader is strangling the life from his dog and threatening the bond with his one true friend.
';Intelligently written, finely observed and surprisingly moving, this is a book you'll find hard to put down' Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie ProjectCompanions come in all shapes and sizes.Companionship lasts forever. Lily and the Octopus is a novel about finding that special someone to share your life with. For Ted Flask, that someone is Lily, and she happens to be a dog. This novel reminds us how 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. Reminiscent of The Life of Pi and The Art of Racing in the Rain, with spins into magic realism and beautifully evoked universal truths of love, loyaltyand loss, a hilariously sardonic and not altogether reliable narrator, and one unforgettable hound who simple wisdom will break your heart and put it back together again, Lily and the Octopus captures the search for meaning in death and introduces a dazzling new voice in fiction.