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The Mermaid's Daughter: A Novel Paperback – March 7, 2017
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“A truly enchanting tale beautifully told.” (Menna van Praag, author of The Dress Shop of Dreams)
“Ann Claycomb’s characters stayed on in my imagination long after I put the book down. Anyone who reads it will never look at The Little Mermaid the same way again.” (Kim van Alkemade, New York Times bestselling author of Orphan #8)
“Claycomb’s fine first novel…is numinous and lovely. (Booklist)
“Written with attention to musicality and the murmuring backdrop of the incessant ocean, this inventive story captures the mystery, tragic loss, and beauty of Hans Christan Andersen’s original mermaid tale while thoughtfully and passionately updating it.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A dark and compelling twist on a beloved fairy tale that will make you redefine happily ever after.” (Ellen Herrick, author of The Sparrow Sisters)
“In The Mermaid’s Daughter, Ann Claycomb harnesses the grandeur of opera to bring to life a classic fairytale for the present day. This is a moving, fascinating, beautifully-rendered debut.” (Emily Mitchell, author of The Last Summer of the World)
From the Back Cover
A modern-day expansion of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” Ann Claycomb’s unforgettable debut novel weaves a spellbinding tale of magic and the power of love. . . .
Since childhood, Kathleen has been plagued by bizarre maladies, from stabbing pains in her feet to the terrifying sensation of her tongue being cut out. Teams of doctors have been unable to diagnose her, and only the touch of seawater temporarily eases her pain.
Studying opera at a top conservatory, Kathleen shows tremendous promise as a soprano, but her phantom pains and obsession with the sea grow more debilitating every day. Her girlfriend, Harry, a talented singer in her own right, worries Kathleen will suffer the same fate as her mother and grandmother. When Kathleen has yet another dangerous breakdown, Harry convinces her to return to her Irish birthplace to try to make sense of a legacy of tragedy.
But in Ireland, they soon discover that Kathleen’s family history is far older and darker than either could have imagined. Kathleen’s fate seems sealed, and the only way out is to make the worst choice of all: ending her lover’s life or her own.
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Top Customer Reviews
It should be clear from that that The Little Mermaid has been my favorite story since I was tiny, but to have taken that and make it real - and for the writing itself to have matched the tale in beauty - well, it's one of the loveliest books I've ever read. There. Even the short story at the end - The Mermaid at the Opera - more of a foreword than a postscript - is beautiful. There are a few mermaid films about to come out, it seems - but for the days I've been reading this - and deliberately spinning it out - it feels like I've been watching the best movie there could be. A real gift of a story telling. And thank you!
I wasn't a huge fan of the flash-back/witch chapters of the book, though at the end a couple of these were okay. I don't want to get into too much about the book, since it really is an interesting departure from the Hans Christian Andersen book. It keeps his mythology, but expands upon it and brings the story into present day with a descendant of the original Little Mermaid. If you're looking for a fast read and like twisted fairy tales, this book is a good one to read. The original fairy tales were all pretty morbid and I like seeing books that acknowledge that and try to show you the story from a new point of view. Ann Claycomb did a good job with a unique perspective. I'd be interested in seeing her take on other fairy tales.