Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

Title: Remarkably Bright Creatures
Author: Shelby Van Pelt
Publisher:  Harper Audio
Genre:  General Fiction (Adult), Literary Fiction
Format:  Audiobook 
Length:  11 hrs, 16 min
Date of US Publication:  3 May, 2022
My Rating:  5 Stars

My Thoughts 

How did I wind up loving Marcellus so much? Easily. Not only is he remarkably bright, he’s remarkably quirkily loveable as well as a wonderfully intriguing character. 

I listened to the audio version of this utterly heartfelt novel, narrated by Marin Ireland and Michael Urie. Both actors are excellent here. 

* I just discovered that this gorgeous and emotionally satisfying novel is a debut. I am beyond  impressed and can’t wait to read what the author writes next.


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Remarkably Bright Creatures is a beautiful examination of how loneliness can be transformed, cracked open, with the slightest touch from another living thing.” -- Kevin Wilson, author of Nothing to See Here

For fans of A Man Called Ove, a charming, witty and compulsively readable exploration of friendship, reckoning, and hope that traces 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.


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