The Seas

The Seas

Book - 2018
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Moored in a coastal fishing town so far north that the highways only run south, the unnamed narrator of The Seas is a misfit. She's often the subject of cruel local gossip. Her father, a sailor, walked into the ocean eleven years earlier and never returned, leaving his wife and daughter to keep a forlorn vigil. Surrounded by water and beckoned by the sea, she clings to what her father once told her: that she is a mermaid. True to myth, she finds herself in hard love with a land-bound man, an Iraq War veteran thirteen years her senior.The mesmerizing, fevered coming-of-age tale that follows will land her in jail. Her otherworldly escape will become the stuff of legend.
Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Tin House Books, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781941040959
Branch Call Number: FIC HUNT
Characteristics: 217 pages ; 21 cm


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May 08, 2019

"All mermaids do is swim around and kill sailors. It's not a great job."
Tin House 2018 reissue of Samantha Hunt's 2004 very weird, myth-like novel about a teenage girl living in an isolated, depressing fishing village with the highest rate of alcoholism in the country. Also her dad told her she's a mermaid. If you embrace the deadpan strangeness, which recalls Katherine Dunn's cult classic "Geek Love," it's an unconventional, quirky read. You might also like the recent merman novel "Pisces."

Apr 13, 2013

A fable, a fantasy, a mermaid myth. This novel is difficult to describe.

Algonquin_Lisa Apr 26, 2011

A heavily fantasy-influenced novel about the deep power of abiding, loyal, and unconditional love. The prose style is unconventional, told from the point of view of a young woman who believes she is, or will become, a mermaid. From the fairy tales she's learned a mermaid who loves a mortal man will eventually bring about his death, but still she's drawn irresistably to Jude, an older man who feels the unnamed girl is too young for him. A modern re-telling of Andersen's 'The Little Mermaid.'


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