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Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Autumn Moon Books (January 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988648008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988648005
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,376,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Living in seemingly effortless harmony, a ... couple and their three children are in for a rude awakening. Is an untold truth a lie? Mermaid Drowning is the story of a secret that shouldn't matter -- but does. Equally sentimental and riveting ... Mermaid is a primer on tolerance, shaking you to your core in search of accountability for the words that some people put in God's mouth."
   - Adrian Black, Eugene Weekly

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Rafael on January 18, 2013
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This is an amazing book that just keeps getting better as you read it until it rushes to an exciting and inexorable conclusion. Beginning in rather mundane fashion that masks the impact of what is to come, it's a touching and very deep novel about love, relationships, loyalty, acceptance, deceit, family and the innocence of children. It demonstrates the strength and beauty of one particular and very courageous transsexual heroine who just happens to be psychologist, wife and mother, a very special person who musters the strength to keep growing as she deals with horrendous prejudice and emotional turmoil in a wonderfully dignified manner, while those in her close circle provide her with all the support she needs to do so. Proves that a psychotherapist is a human being, too and sometimes has to deal with her own issues while she helps her patients.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Willman on February 6, 2013
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Great book. Awesome. Definitely recommend it. It starts a wee bit slow, but by the fourth chapter the pendulum starts swinging, and by the middle of the book, you simply can't put it down.

Sam and Eve are perfect for each other. They've got great kids. Everything works. Except the thing that doesn't. And that's the secret. Which is, of course, revealed. And I don't mean the major plot line is a cliché', I mean that more in the "Art imitates Life" way.

Sam's a bit of a douche while he "figures things out" and I do lose respect for him for a good chunk of the story, but despite his character flaws, I can understand the pain that triggers him to act in the ways that he does.

The Jacobs team write about relationships within a cradle of compassion. Taking the shadowy bits of human character, and transforming them into something that we want to read about, is a gift that I hope to emulate one day. Bravo.

The pacing is fantastic, the characters are believable and the dynamics between them are brilliant. Actually. Maybe the relationships are a little too perfect, despite their conflicts. But that could just be envy speaking.

Something that particularly resonated with me is the idea of this façade that we intentionally (and most times unintentionally) create of our outward lives for others to see. Reading this book reminded me to look underneath and make sure that my inside life matched my outside life. My eternal quest it seems.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anna Willman on January 30, 2013
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I read this book in one sitting, neglecting other responsibilities in order to finish it.

Although I sometimes found myself irritated by the pig-headedness of the main characters in this novel, I quickly found myself caring about them and rooting for them to find their way out of their self-inflicted dilemna. I especially liked that the unconventional heroine was so very conventonal in her attitudes and beliefs.

The authors have researched their topic thoroughly and have included a vast amout of information about a controversial and difficult topic in an eminently readable novel form - what a great way to get the word out! My only quibble with the book is that at times it seemed a little "preachy" - about religion, politics and ethics - though never so much as to detract from a truly gripping story line.

I look forward to seeing more from this writing duo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate French on May 16, 2013
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The storyline is a beautiful rendition of issues becoming more visible in the US today, but what really pulls this book into the "would read again" category is that the characters seem like real people. They are flawed and make mistakes, and are ultimately extremely human.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne Dean on April 30, 2013
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Mermaid Drowning turns a sensitive, frequently misunderstood topic into an exciting family drama. The emotional experiences of a transgendered woman and her husband become highly accessible and comprehensible in this extraordinarily gripping novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Isabela on April 29, 2013
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I would recommend this book for anybody interested in reading a compelling and heartfelt story. I found this book to be interesting and realistic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By miss wings on April 26, 2013
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Gripping story on a timely topic, sensitively examines many sides of our current culture think. The characters become real and you just can't put the book down until you've read the next page, and the next page, and the next. Well written, definitely worth your time. Read it, you'll be glad you did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate P on February 15, 2013
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It's been a long time since I started a book and absolutely could not put it down until I finished it. The characters were so well drawn that I was in emotional turmoil for most of the book. The growth was so authentic that the ending was a great relief, but not one that I ever took for granted. An important book for a world of increasing diversity.
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