By the skin of my teeth I’m back with the March installment of my 12 Books in 12 Months project, where the list of 12 reads came straight from YOUR top books you’ve ever read recommendations. All I can say about Remarkably Bright Creatures is WOW! That was an absolutely amazing, stick-with-you kind of book that I never, ever would have picked up on my own. When I realized the story was being told by an octopus I was admittedly puzzled and maybe a little turned off. That soon changed and I was absolutely engrossed in this charming and memorable tale. I don’t want to spoil a thing for you so I’ll leave you with this – read it. You will love it.
After Tova Sullivan’s husband died, she began working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, mopping floors and tidying up. Keeping busy has always helped her cope, which she’s been doing since her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished on a boat in Puget Sound over thirty years ago.
Tova becomes acquainted with curmudgeonly Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium. Marcellus knows more than anyone can imagine 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 invertebrate body can muster to unearth the truth for her before it’s too late.
Shelby Van Pelt’s debut novel is a gentle reminder that sometimes taking a hard look at the past can help uncover a future that once felt impossible.
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On the docket for March is The Dutch House.
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