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The Mermaid's Daughter: A Novel
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Ann Claycomb
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The Mermaid's Daughter: A Novel

Ann Claycomb


William Morrow Paperbacks

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945);
Myth & legend told as fiction


448 pages

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A modern-day expansion of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, Ann Claycomb's unforgettable debut novel weaves a spellbinding tale of magic and the power of love. . . .

Since childhood, Kathleen has been plagued by bizarre maladies, from stabbing pains in her feet to the terrifying sensation of her tongue being cut out. Teams of doctors have been unable to diagnose her, and only the touch of seawater temporarily eases her pain.

Studying opera at a top conservatory, Kathleen shows tremendous promise as a soprano, but her phantom pains and obsession with the sea grow more debilitating every day. Her girlfriend, Harry, a talented singer in her own right, worries Kathleen will suffer the same fate as her mother and grandmother. When Kathleen has yet another dangerous breakdown, Harry convinces her to return to her Irish birthplace to try to make sense of a legacy of tragedy.

But in Ireland, they soon discover that Kathleen's family history is far older and darker than either could have imagined. Kathleen's fate seems sealed, and the only way out is to make the worst choice of all: ending her lover's life or her own.

By:   Ann Claycomb
Imprint:   William Morrow Paperbacks
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   323g
ISBN:   9780062560681
ISBN 10:   0062560689
Pages:   448
Publication Date:   April 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ann Claycomb's fiction has been published in American Short Fiction, Zahir, Fiction Weekly, Brevity, Hot Metal Bridge, The Evansville Review, Title Goes Here, and other publications. She has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has an MFA in fiction from West Virginia University.

A truly enchanting tale beautifully told. -- Menna van Praag, author of The Dress Shop of Dreams Ann Claycomb's characters stayed on in my imagination long after I put the book down. Anyone who reads it will never look at The Little Mermaid the same way again. -- Kim van Alkemade, New York Times bestselling author of Orphan #8 Claycomb's fine first numinous and lovely. -- Booklist A dark and compelling twist on a beloved fairy tale that will make you redefine happily ever after. -- Ellen Herrick, author of The Sparrow Sisters In The Mermaid's Daughter, Ann Claycomb harnesses the grandeur of opera to bring to life a classic fairytale for the present day. This is a moving, fascinating, beautifully-rendered debut. -- Emily Mitchell, author of The Last Summer of the World

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