Wishing & Waiting on Wednesday: The Mermaid’s Child

There’s nothing like a Wednesday for thinking about the books we want to read! My Wishing & Waiting on Wednesday post is linking up with two fabulous book memes, Wishlist Wednesday (hosted by Pen to Paper) and Waiting on Wednesday (hosted by Breaking the Spine).

This week’s pick:

mermaid's child

The Mermaid’s Child by Jo Baker
(to be released March 17, 2015 )

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.

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.

The marketing notes for this book describe it as “Fantasy for adults: The Mermaid’s Child is that rare thing, a work of fantasy writing that is aimed at adults. It is sure to appeal to readers of Philip Pullman, and fans of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and Doug Dorst’s S.” Works for me! This book was originally published in the UK in 2004, but following the success of Longbourn, The Mermaid’s Child is getting its first US release.

I really loved Longbourn, and I’m eager to read more by this talented author!

What are you wishing for this Wednesday?

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7 thoughts on “Wishing & Waiting on Wednesday: The Mermaid’s Child

  1. oooh Thanks! First book in ages I’ve seen trailed and actually wanted! I loved Longbourn too and glad to see she’s getting more books out.

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