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The Mermaid Quilt & Other Tales Paperback – August 31, 2012
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About the Author
Beth Camp attended eight high schools and as many colleges on the west coast of the U.S. She's worked as an international banker and an English teacher, and now writes novels, poetry, and short stories (publications include Camroc Press Review and Fickle Muses). A love of international travel and the industrial revolution led her to Scotland to research settings for Standing Stones in the Orkneys, Inverness and Edinburgh. Standing Stones took second place at the 2010 Pacific Northwest Writers Association literary contest. She currently writes happily in Washington State, ready to travel at a moment’s notice with her husband to parts unknown.
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I don't critique poetry, but the reader will find them tucked between the stories, enhancing the mood of mermaid lore, which has always seemed touching in a sad way. Our mysterious cousins of the deep seem destined to be kept at arms-length because, well, we'd drown in their environment without mystical aids as presented in The Tower and the Net or they'd be taken to a lab for dissection in our world. (Just ask Madison from Splash!) Yet, they seem, like in the title story, The Mermaid Quilt, to have a firm grasp of the power of empathetic healing for our hearts and apply their talents as best they can.
It's a nice, tidy, well-written book. For mermaid lovers, it's a must for your shelves. For those of us who prefer terra firma, with only the sound of the sea not the singing of mermaids to lull us to sleep, it is a top-shelf 4.
Beth Camp has followed the silvery paths of many mermaids to piece together this quilt of short stories and poems. From Russia to Mexico, her stories deepen my understanding of the soul, its mystical, transformative nature. Beth Camp draws on the tradition of magic realism to lift the reader from the grounded detail of an everyday world to the equally detailed world of water where the soul swims and the heart finds its most intimate meanings.
I enjoyed the tales, too, and supported Beth Camp's championing of the female viewpoint. The opening story of a mother's bereavement is moving and ultimately satisfying. I wonder if the rest of the book followed on because it's clearly the one Camp invested most in? A worthwhile investment in my view.