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Church Of The Old Mermaids Paperback – November 17, 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a wondrous magical tale, one to be treasured and to be read over and over again, learning something incandescent at every reading. The world needs mermaid sanctuaries - it needs old mermaids, young mermaids, novices, postulants and full ordained mermaid sisters. I've already signed up...
Kim is not only a great storyteller, but also a wise and wonderful Sage.
Beautifully written it can not fail to touch you. The stories of the Old Mermaids woven through its pages make it impossible to put it down.
Once read I'm sure you'll want to search the wash of its pages for any hidden treasures you may have missed the first time.
Read this book it might be just what you need. But before you do close your eyes and take a deep breath.
When Myla Alverez caught her husband in bed, her bed, with the neighbors wife she went into a downward spiral. Then she had a dream about a mermaid that gave her a feeling of hope and purpose. Stories about Mermaids began flowing out of her mouth as though she was some sort of medium to the mermaid spirit world. These stories were told to people who would come to the Church of the Old Mermaids, which was a table Myla sat up every Saturday in front of the Antigone bookstore on Fourth Avenue, in Tucson, Arizona.
Myla got solace from walking the dry wash by the Old Mermaid Sanctuary where she lived since leaving her husband. (Or did her husband leave her by sleeping with the neighbor's wife?) She collected "stuff" from the wash to sell on Fourth Avenue. Some would call this "stuff" trash, but one man's trash is another's........
People would pick an item up off her table of wares and ask, "What's this?" Then out of Myla's mouth would come a fantastic tale about one of the thirteen mermaids occupying her mystical world of consoling redemption. Each story seemed to be just what that person needed to console their tortured heart at the time. And consoling people consoled Myla. It gave her purpose.
She created the Old Mermaid Sanctuary out of a need to help illegal immigrants. She took care of five houses for five different families who were very seldom there. She harbored the illegals on these properties even though she risked going to jail for doing so. They became her family, and vise versa. And, oh what a loving dynamic family they became!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can't stop thinking about this story. I am in love with the Mermaids.Published 9 months ago by K. Rosales
An absolutely charming book full of magic and realism. I learned a lot from Myla and her mermaid tales. I want to read more.Published 19 months ago by Beverly Haskins
Enjoyed this inventive and topical tale (tail?) of redemption and the power of story in our lives with my book club.Published 19 months ago by Yarokit
I just finished reading this book. This book was amazing. I live in Tucson so that made it extra special but it was a fantastic book. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ruth
I especially enjoyed this book because of the desert setting, loved the descriptions of the arroyos, places in Tucson that I could envision. Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Bo Mackison