The Soul of an Octopus

Finalist, National Book Awards 2015 for Nonfiction

The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery book cover, 2015
ISBN 978-1451697711
Atria/Simon & Schuster
Sy Montgomery author photo
Sy Montgomery

More about this author >

Award Years

Award Status

Award Categories

Judges Citation

In this luminous nature saga, Montgomery immerses herself in the mysterious world of octopuses, unveiling their alien senses, varied personalities, rambunctious emotions, and startling feats of intelligence and self-awareness. As animal adventure, it’s wonderfully vivid, with a surprise on every page, but it’s also an inquiry into the fabric of consciousness, weaving together a tapestry that’s both human and animal, whose threads unite us in little-known yet spellbinding ways.