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Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Read with Jenna Pick

Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Read with Jenna Pick


Book Overview: Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Read with Jenna Pick

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.


A Read With Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF SUMMER by: Chicago Tribune * The View * Southern Living * USA Today

"Remarkably Bright Creatures [is] an ultimately feel-good but deceptively sensitive debut. . . . Memorable and tender." -- Washington Post

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

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Publication Date2022-05-03
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Shelby Van Pelt, renowned author and literary genius, has garnered a large following for her eclectic works. A gifted storyteller from an early age, Van Pelt credits her compelling narratives to a vibrant childhood spent between the United States and England. Drawing inspiration from the cultural exchange, Van Pelt intricately blends American and British sensibilities which serve to shape her versatile writing style. A graduate with high honors from the University of Oxford, Van Pelt distinguished herself further with a master’s degree in Creative Writing from Harvard University. In her illustrious career as a writer, she has penned best-selling novels, gripping short stories, and thought-provoking articles. Her works, ranging from captivating supernatural fantasies to raw, heartrending dramas, have earned her several accolades, including the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Beloved by readers and critics alike, Shelby Van Pelt is not just recognized for her creative brilliance, but also for her philanthropy. She dedicates a significant portion of her time and resources to numerous literacy programs and campaigns promoting reading. Unapologetically honest, consistently creative and endlessly inspiring, Shelby Van Pelt's contribution to the literary cosmos is significant and enduring.


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