This book is wonderful. It is my third feature regarding an octopus on this blog (see my reviews of Soul of an Octopus, and My Octopus Teacher), but this is my first fictional one. Marcellus, an octopus, is one of the main characters in this charming novel, and he lives in an aquarium in Washington State.
This book also deals with themes of loneliness, restarting life afresh as a widower at age 70, teen pregnancy, small town gossip, and the contrast between “rescue” and captive. Also pivotal: what happened when Tova’s 18 year old son disappeared 30 years ago? And how, when you’ve been abandoned, do you put down roots and have confidence in yourself?
Remarkably Bright Creatures slowly builds and ends up satisfyingly, only because an octopus in captivity–who is the first to recognize the truth– intervenes.
This book, which just came out last May, is a perfect choice for an intelligent beach read. I’m so glad I read this refreshing story, and you are likely to feel the same way. I give it 5 stars.