Remarkably Bright Creatures
Charming
Touching
Sweet

Remarkably Bright Creatures A Novel

For fans of A Man Called Ove, a luminous debut novel about a widow's unlikely friendship with a giant Pacific octopus reluctantly residing at the local aquarium--and the truths she finally uncovers about her son's disappearance thirty years ago. 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 the Puget Sound over thirty years ago. As she works, 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 tentacles for his human captors--until he forms an unlikely friendship with Tova. Ever the detective, Marcellus deduces what happened the night Tova's son disappeared. As his affection for Tova grows, Marcellus must use every trick his old invertebrate body can muster to unearth the truth for her before it's too late. Charming, compulsively readable, and full of wit, Shelby Van Pelt's debut novel is a beautiful exploration of friendship, reckoning, and hope--a reminder that sometimes taking a hard look at the past can help uncover a future that once felt impossible.
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5 stars
Jul 19, 2024
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4.5 stars
Jul 5, 2024
Sweet
Candid
Touching
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Jun 12, 2024
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May 11, 2024
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5 stars
Apr 21, 2024
Powerful
Touching
Comforting
Intelligent
Educational
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Apr 16, 2024
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Apr 1, 2024
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Mar 30, 2024
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4.5 stars
Mar 20, 2024
Unique
Touching
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4 stars
Mar 19, 2024
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Jane Bucher-McCoy@janebucher
5 stars
Mar 17, 2024
Deep
Sweet
Clever
Charming
Touching
Feel good
Delightful
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5 stars
Mar 1, 2024
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5 stars
Feb 15, 2024
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Feb 10, 2024
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Feb 6, 2024
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4.5 stars
Feb 1, 2024
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Jan 31, 2024
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Jan 25, 2024
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3 stars
Jan 22, 2024
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Jan 12, 2024

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