The Mermaid's Child
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The Mermaid's Child

by Jo Baker
Release date: March 16, 2015
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, mainstream

A fairy tale for grown ups — the magical story of a young girl in search of her mermaid mother, from the acclaimed author of Longbourn. A VINTAGE PAPERBACK ORIGINAL.

Malin has always felt different. The fact that, according to her father, her absent mother was actually a mermaid only makes matters worse. When Malin’s father dies, leaving her alone in the world, her choice is clear: stay, and never feel at home, or leave and go in search of the fantastical inheritance she is certain awaits her. Apprenticed to a series of strange and wonderful characters, Malin embarks on a picaresque journey that crosses oceans and continents — from the high seas to desert plains, from slavery to the circus — and leads to a discovery that is the last thing Malin ever could have expected. Beautifully written and hauntingly strange, The Mermaid’s Child is a remarkable piece of storytelling, and an utterly unique work of fantasy.

(updated 2017-01-20)

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