Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Read with Jenna Pick

Remarkably Bright Creatures
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Published: 2022
"For fans of A Man Called Ove, a ... 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 30 years ago"--

Remarkably Bright Creatures is a novel that deserves a 5-star rating for its poignant exploration of grief, loss, and the unexpected avenues of healing and connection. Despite delving into themes that might initially seem sad, such as the loss of loved ones and the loneliness accompanying aging, the novel skillfully balances these with moments of warmth, humour, and profound insight into the human condition.

Marcellus, the observant and intelligent octopus, adds a unique layer to the narrative, offering a perspective that is both enlightening and endearing. My only beef is that we could have used more of Marcellus in the story. His interactions with Tova, the elderly protagonist, are heartwarming and serve as a testament to the novel’s underlying message about the power of unconventional friendships and the capacity for interspecies connections to enrich our lives.

Cameron’s journey in search of his identity and belonging intertwines with Tova’s path in a way that beautifully illustrates the complexity of family dynamics. The story’s resolution, offering a sense of closure and new beginnings, leaves readers with optimism and the comforting notion that even in the face of sorrow, there is always a path forward.

In sum, it balances the bitter with the sweet, presenting a story that resonates with anyone who has experienced loss but also understands the joy found in the most unexpected places. Its happy ending is a fulfilling conclusion that uplifts and reaffirms the enduring strength of love and family, making it a must-read for those who appreciate novels that delve into the depths of the human heart with sensitivity and grace​​​​​​.

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