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I feel like I’m so behind on reading, but I’m plugging along as I find the time! I read a good chunk of this one at the airport last weekend — it was so good!
I’m talking about “Remarkably Bright Creatures” by Shelby Van Pelt.
This is the story of Tova, a recent widow who’s dealing with her grief by working the night shift at an aquarium. She’s been in the habit of keeping busy over the years since her teenage son went missing at sea 30+ years ago.
While working at the aquarium, Tova befriends a giant octopus that was rescued and lives in the tank. She named him Marcellus, and he starts sharing his treasures with her — including items that could lead her to find her son.
While Tova tries to figure out what’s best for her future, Marcellus attempts to show her what she doesn’t know from her past.
This book is so creative and sweet, and I really loved imagining a friendship between a giant octopus and a human.
I don’t want to spoil anything, but the end scene with Marcellus and Tova made me tear up a little.
The B plots are nearly as riveting and made the story that much more interesting.
I know this book was on a lot of “top” lists this year, and I can definitely see why!
Have you read this one?
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It is such a beautiful book!