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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Cuttle is a quirky and clever work of literary fiction penned by author Chelsea Britain. The peculiar title of the tale comes from the post-doctoral work of central protagonist Nora Novak, who has been studying the wonderful world of cuttlefish (and other marine life) for so long that she seems to have forgotten what human life is all about. As her work starts to come to a close and her maze-solving cuttlefish are to be retired from their work too, Nora realizes that she must go forth into the world and explore the possibility that there’s more to life than sitting in her laboratory.
Author Chelsea Britain has produced an intelligent and well-timed story about love, self-esteem and finding your place in the world, which is also highly apt and perfectly in tune with the current social moments of our age. Nora Novak is a perfect candidate for this new experiment in dating beyond thirty, and she is characterized with wit, charm and a lot of extensive research about her favorite subject. I particularly loved the illustrations and the poignant usage of cuttlefish facts at the head of every chapter. The book is exceedingly well paced to endear us to Nora and see our literal fish-out-of-water face the modern world, charmingly ill equipped as she is for it. Readers seeking true delight in their prose will fall in love with Britain’s intellectually laced, nerdy and naïve witticisms, whilst also falling for a character in whom we’ll all see a little of ourselves. Cuttle is a highly recommended read for one and all.