January Booked For Lunch Selection

Monday, January 23, 2023 at noon: Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt.

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This January we will be discussing Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt. 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. 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.

Join Robin Brz., in person or online via Zoom, on Monday, January 24 at noon. Contact the library to check on the availability of regular and large print copies. Registration is encouraged using our calendar at athol.librarycalendar.com/event/booked-lunch-6 or by email at RBrzozowski@cwmars.org.