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Church Of The Old Mermaids Paperback – November 17, 2008

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About the Author

Kim Antieau is the author of many novels, including most recently Ruby's Imagine, Broken Moon, and Coyote Cowgirl. She and her husband Mario Milosevic swim in the Pacific Northwest and Desert Southwest.
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Product Details

  • Series: Old Mermaid
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440452245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440452246
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,879,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am absolutely delighted that this beautiful book has made its appearance, and that at long last, Myla and the Old Mermaids are bringing their stories and their fey wisdom into the world we know.

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...
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The ideas in Kim Antieau's beautiful novel make a heady magical-realist cocktail of emotional survival through storytelling, trickster wiles on La Frontera, women's wisdom, surpassing sadness, the stark beauty of the Sonoran desert, apotheosis through compassion, and earth-mother wisdom. I can see why Kim has so many ardent fans. I gave it 4 stars because I found the romantic plotline a little hard to believe, but the love Kim had for her characters pours forth from this work like an oasis in the desert she describes. When you become a parishoner of the Church of the Old Mermaids, you belong for life. You don't just read this story, you become a part of it. Encore!
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I read Church of the Old Mermaids after having major surgery. I was living in a state of pain and loss, fear and worry, and somehow this book was just what I needed to help me heal. The old mermiads wove themselves into my life with their wisdom, humor and love.
Kim is not only a great storyteller, but also a wise and wonderful Sage.
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I read this book for the first time on the suggestion of an acquaintance. I'm so glad I did! I've since read it over and over again, highlighted pages, quoted it on social media, recommended it to all of my friends, and just fell in love with the layers of stories, with the characters, with the eloquent and moving words themselves. The stories of the Old Mermaids uplift and fascinate, and the journey of their Creatrix strikes a chord in my soul. The Sonoran desert, where the story takes place, is a character in and of itself, and an integral part of the story. I had never been to the desert when I first read this book, and the descriptions made it seem a truly magical place. By the time I had opportunity to visit it in person, it felt like an old friend. I highly recommend this book. It has truly become one of my favorites, and holds a place of honor on my bookshelf.
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I read a lot books but every once in a while I get a book that is just what I needed. This was one of those books.

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.
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What a sweet, sweet read! Kim Antireau's storytelling skills are like sweet music to this readers ear.

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!
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I loved this book. It was a story I had to read as quickly as I could, I had to know what happened. Beautiful story, wonderful images of mermaids and a celebration of love and tzedakah. Made me happy to be human....made me wish to be an old mermaid
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I loved this book so much that as soon as I finished it, I started it again...then I recommended it to friends. One of my favorite things about this book is that the characters are so real, real enough that they could have been written about people I know. I love how Kim blends fantasy with reality...such a good storyteller.
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