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The Mermaid of Black Conch: A Novel

The Mermaid of Black Conch: A Novel

Author Monique Roffey
Publisher Knopf
Publication Date 2022
Section New Hardcover - Fiction
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9780593534205

WINNER OF THE COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD

This enchanting tale of a cursed mythical creature and the lonely fisherman who falls in love with her is "a daring, mesmerizing novel …  single-handedly bringing magic realism up-to-date (Maggie O’Farrell, best-selling author of Hamnet).

In 1976, David is fishing off the island of Black Conch when he comes upon a creature he doesn’t expect: a mermaid by the name of Aycayia. Once a beautiful young woman, she was cursed by jealous wives to live in this form for the rest of her days. But after the mermaid is caught by American tourists, David rescues and hides her away in his home, finding that, once out of the water, she begins to transform back into a woman.
 
Now David must work to win Aycayia's trust while she relearns what it is to be human, navigating not only her new body but also her relationship with others on the island—a difficult task after centuries of loneliness. As David and Aycayia grow to love each other, they juggle both the joys and the dangers of life on shore. But a lingering question remains: Will the former mermaid be able to escape her curse? Taking on many points of view, this mythical adventure tells the story of one woman’s return to land, her healing, and her survival.

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