The Seas

The Seas

A Novel

eBook - 2009
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Ever since her father walked into the ocean eleven years ago, a young woman waits for him to return. Life in her coastal town is decidedly bleak. Her mother spends her time quietly monitoring the ocean for her missing husband. Her grandfather passes the days typesetting dictionaries that will never be printed.Rather than suffer the contortions of becoming a woman and accepting her father's apparent suicide, the narrator convinces herself she is a mermaid and escapes her dreary, northern town life via a fantastic myth.When not chambermaiding at decrepit motels or dreaming of becoming a scientist, she dedicates her time to falling obsessively in love with Jude, a drinker and a sailor twice her age who bears more than a passing similarity to her father. She knows Jude has a troubling secret that will, when revealed, help to fulfill the narrator's peculiar sense of her identity.Part modern gothic, part coming-of-age story, The Seas explores the very real possibilities in the unreal, straddling the horizons between the ocean and the land, literature and science, wishing and reality.
Publisher: Isle of Man : MP Pub. Ltd., [2009]
ISBN: 9781596928879
1596928875

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uncommonreader
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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