Summary from goodreads
Remarkably Bright Creatures, an exploration of friendship, reckoning, and hope, tracing a widow’s unlikely connection with a giant Pacific octopus.
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.
This story pulled on my heart strings. Told from multiple points of view this story uses an unusual main character in a 60 lb. giant pacific octopus. And how one catastrophic event tied all of them together.
I enjoyed the octopus perspective the most as it was heartbreaking spending a life in a glass box. But the antics he would get into were hilarious and heartbreaking. It was moving how we take emotions as something only humans experience.
The plot was slow in the beginning and once the characters were revealed it was predictable what the ending would be. But I don’t think this a bad quality as the ending was desirable and exactly what I wanted.
The concept that was most intriguing is living an unfulfilled life. Tova does not have any living children and is feeling her options are limited as she is approaching her golden years. The octopus has a plaque outside his tank saying that his life expectancy is 4 yrs. And having the years waste away until the fourth year is reached. Cameron can’t hold down a job and has no goals or aspirations. He merely exists from one day to the next.
This is a moving story that had this reader crying at the ending.
What is your all time favorite animal character from a book?