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Remarkably Bright Creatures

By: Shelby Van Pelt
Narrated by: Marin Ireland,Michael Urie
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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt, read by Marin Ireland and Michael Urie.

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After Tova Sullivan’s husband died, she began working the night cleaner shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium. Ever since her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished on a boat over thirty years ago, keeping busy has helped her cope. One night she meets Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium who sees everything, 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 body can muster to unearth the truth for her before it’s too late...

Shelby Van Pelt’s debut novel is a reminder that sometimes taking a hard look at the past can help uncover a future that once felt impossible.

©2022 Shelby Van Pelt (P)2022 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"Truly original and touching." (Helen Hoang, author of The Kiss Quotient)

"A beautiful examination of how loneliness can be transformed, cracked open, with the slightest touch from another living thing. Shelby Van Pelt makes good on this wild conceit, somehow making me love a misanthropic octopus, but her writing is so finely tuned that it's a natural element of a larger story about family, about loss and the electricity of something found." (Kevin Wilson, author of Nothing to See Here)

"I defy you to put it down once you’ve started." (Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest)

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What an unusual but gripping story - could see the ending coming but it didn’t matter - it was all about how the pieces of the puzzle would come together - likeable characters I could invest in and the octopus narrating his own chapters was a delight

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Enjoyed

loved the characters, narration great. Really enjoyed. why do I have to leave 15 characters for a review! short and sweet should be embraced....

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Heart-warming

Such a lovely story. Beautifully narrated. Gave me some warm fuzzy feels. Would love to read more from this author

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An absolute gem!

I didn’t want this story to end. Uplifting, funny, sad. Read it in a day.

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Marin Ireland is perfect

I admit I am a huge Marin Ireland fan, and she delivers again. But it is Michael Urie who really delivers as Marcellus the octopus. Van Pelt has delivered an original and heart warming story that is a reminder of the amazing bonds that exist between creatures and humans.

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Just beautiful

I loved every minute! The writing is gorgeous and the narration was exceptional, thank you so much.

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A lovely story

Such a lovely story. The part of the octopus was so well read - I couldn’t help but fall in love with him!

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Remarkably rich and rewarding

Didn’t want this book to end.
Despite the plot/storyline being reasonable predictable it did not even for a moment take away from the desire to know and look forward to what was coming next. I loved it so much. Nostalgic, captivating, intriguing, exciting, fulfilling and heart-warming. Enjoyed listening to it immensely. Performances
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Feel good read.

Delightfully read, the characters come to life with Marin and Michael reading. Story is predictable, but gorgeous. I really didn’t want it to end.

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So very SPECIAL

I got so much pleasure from reading this clever book. When my fabby hair stylist recommended, stating it was about an octopus, admittedly I baulked. What a shame not experiencing the charm of it! Do yourself a favour.

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