The Mermaid's Daughter

The Mermaid's Daughter

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A modern-day expansion of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, this unforgettable debut novel weaves a spellbinding tale of magic and the power of love as a descendent of the original mermaid fights the terrible price of saving herself from a curse that has affected generations of women in her family. Kathleen has always been dramatic. She suffers from the bizarre malady of experiencing stabbing pain in her feet. On her sixteenth birthday, she woke screaming from the sensation that her tongue had been cut out. No doctor can find a medical explanation for her pain, and even the most powerful drugs have proven useless. Only the touch of seawater can ease her pain, and just temporarily at that. Now Kathleen is a twenty-five-year-old opera student in Boston and shows immense promise as a soprano. Her girlfriend Harry, a mezzo in the same program, worries endlessly about Kathleen's phantom pain and obsession with the sea. Kathleen's mother and grandmother both committed suicide as young women, and Harry worries they suffered from the same symptoms. When Kathleen suffers yet another dangerous breakdown, Harry convinces Kathleen to visit her hometown in Ireland to learn more about her family history. In Ireland, they discover that the mystery?and the tragedy?of Kathleen's family history is far older and stranger than they could have imagined. Kathleen's fate seems sealed, and the only way out is a terrible choice between a mermaid's two sirens?the sea, and her lover. But both choices mean death... Haunting and lyrical, The Mermaid's Daughter asks?how far we will go for those we love? And can the transformative power of music overcome a magic that has prevailed for generations?
Publisher: [S.I.] : HarperCollins, 2017.
ISBN: 9780062560698
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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The sea has drawn the woman in Kathleen's family for generations. Now that she's resisted it for most of her life, she and her girlfriend, Harry make a pilgrimage to Ireland to learn more about her condition and family.

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ArapahoeElia Jul 28, 2017

Tragic, beautiful, dark, and captivating. I'll admit that I'm a cryer anyway, and I was sobbing with the sad ending to the tale that I couldn't believe was happening. You'll just have to find out for yourself how the Mermaid's Curse unfolds!

Apr 16, 2017

Just finished reading the Mermaid's Daughter.
I loved every page of it. The writing flows so effortlessly.
Almost like being lulled by the ocean waves.
After reading about the opera created in this book;
I wanted and still want to be able to listen to it.
It was so beautifully described.


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