Remarkably Bright Creatures

Remarkably Bright Creatures

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 The charming, witty, and compulsively readable BBC Radio Two Book Club Pick

Rowena (Bookseller); Loved!! This is definitely a contemporary feel good read, I’d read over again & again.

Karen (Retired Bookseller);
Shelby Van Pelt writes in her acknowledgments a special thanks to her literary agent who when understood there was a octopus narrator wrote “This is either brilliant or bananas”
For me, this is a brilliant story & just a little bit bananas.  Marcellus, the exceptionally intelligent & talented Gaint Pacific Octopus, is joined by two human narrators in this endearing novel, full of wonderful genuine characters.
Despite themes of loss, grief, misunderstandings & loneliness, there is a huge heart in this novel of enduring friendship, love, new beginnings & community.
I really enjoyed & highly recomend Remarkably Bright Creatures.

A gripping family mystery meets a story of second chances in this warm, feel-good debut

After Tova Sullivan's husband died, she began working the night cleaner shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium. Ever since her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished on a boat over thirty years ago keeping busy has helped her cope.

One night she meets Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium who sees everything, but wouldn't dream of lifting one of his eight arms for his human captors - until he forms a remarkable friendship with Tova. Ever the detective, Marcellus deduces what happened the night Tova's son disappeared. And now Marcellus must use every trick his old body can muster to unearth the truth for her before it's too late...

An ultimately feel-good but deceptively sensitive debut about what it feels like to have love taken from you, only to find it again in the most unexpected places ... Memorable and tender. * Washington Post *

Fiction: general and literary, Family life fiction

Paperback

Shelby Van Pelt

368 pages

H: 234mm W: 153mm