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The Mermaid's Daughter
The Mermaid's Daughter: A Novel | Ann Claycomb
A modern-day expansion of Hans Christian Andersens The Little Mermaid, this unforgettable debut novel weaves a spellbinding tale of magic and the power of love as a descendent of the original mermaid fights the terrible price of saving herself from a curse that has affected generations of women in her family. Kathleen has always been dramatic. She suffers from the bizarre malady of experiencing stabbing pain in her feet. On her sixteenth birthday, she woke screaming from the sensation that her tongue had been cut out. No doctor can find a medical explanation for her pain, and even the most powerful drugs have proven useless. Only the touch of seawater can ease her pain, and just temporarily at that. Now Kathleen is a twenty-five-year-old opera student in Boston and shows immense promise as a soprano. Her girlfriend Harry, a mezzo in the same program, worries endlessly about Kathleen's phantom pain and obsession with the sea. Kathleen's mother and grandmother both committed suicide as young women, and Harry worries they suffered from the same symptoms. When Kathleen suffers yet another dangerous breakdown, Harry convinces Kathleen to visit her hometown in Ireland to learn more about her family history. In Ireland, they discover that the mysteryand the tragedyof Kathleens family history is far older and stranger than they could have imagined. Kathleens fate seems sealed, and the only way out is a terrible choice between a mermaids two sirensthe sea, and her lover. But both choices mean death Haunting and lyrical, The Mermaids Daughter askshow far we will go for those we love? And can the transformative power of music overcome a magic that has prevailed for generations?
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Slajaunie
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An interesting remake of Hans Christian Anderson‘s Little Mermaid. Except for the sex, this was a really great story. I loved the ending most of all. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Slajaunie
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What my morning looks like. Later I will have to be more active but for now we are relaxing.

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Slajaunie
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Currently reading. I hate when book stores put stickers on books!!!

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Linear
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I've been unpacking, setting up my new appartment, discovering IKEA, and working night shifts! Life is crazy!
By the way, I wish I had a half bath now, if only to have this on the wall.

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HufflepuffGirl90
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#listylove to @TheReadingMermaid
I hope you have a fantastic day, sweetie! 💜🧜🏼‍♀️

Photo credit: Mermaid Katja by *P0UL, found on Pinterest

TheReadingMermaid Oh I love this one ❤️ thank you so much sweetie 🤗 9mo
Birdsong28 Thank you for joining in 😘📚📖 9mo
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jhod
Mermaid's Daughter | Ann Claycomb
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Giveaway!
Sharing for @kaysworld1
Fun photo challenge!

kaysworld1 Thank you so much 💝 1y
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HufflepuffGirl90
Mermaid's Daughter | Ann Claycomb
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Picked this beauty up at the airport, such a great read! I could not put it down! It‘s a good continuation of the original Hans Christian Anderson little mermaid. Totally recommend

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wen4blu
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@StephanieGeiser
I love my #sockswap package!!!
It was so clever to make a theme package (wish I had thought of it) and I adore the mermaids.
I think I'll save the book and the socks for my summer beach trip. They will be perfect.
Thanks so much!!

@JPeterson

AmyG Love those socks! 2y
Captivatedbybooks That‘s cool to do a theme! I wish i had thought to do that 2y
LeahBergen Cool theme! 2y
quietjenn Such a fun theme! 2y
StephanieGeiser Yay!! I‘m glad you like everything and that it made it there safely! The card is on its way; it‘ll just be there a little later. Happy reading! 2y
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MaggieCarr
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A unique modern day retelling of The Little Mermaid tying Hans Christian Andersen's morbid tale to having met a mermaid during his lifetime, and his story keeping her alive longer than the curse has since been able to do. A cast of characters working tirelessly to break an 8 generation old curse to save the current mermaid stricken with sickness. Told in several parts coming together to give an opera to portray the story on stage. #mermaid

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DebinHawaii
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#ReadingResolutions #stage I read this book last year for a book tour review and was intrigued by this 'modern-day expansion' of Hans Christian Andersen's dark fairytale. The main character Kathleen is an opera student & a big part of the story & setting is the staging of an opera based on The Little Mermaid, being written by the main character's composer father and starring Kathleen. Dark, haunting and beautiful. 💙

Kalalalatja Hey, that‘s from Denmark 😄👏👏 2y
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Kshakal
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I am curled up with my new blanket!! Thanks again @nelehelen !!! 💖

EvieBee What a beaut! Look like mermaid scales. 😍😍 2y
nelehelen Yayyyyyy!! 2y
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LeafingThroughLife
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Turkey is eaten, my Amazon cart is full of Christmas gifts...now to read! I‘m loving the mix of music and fairy tale in The Mermaid‘s Daughter, and it‘s the perfect day for it to start getting really good! #currentlyreading

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JanelleSaysHi
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A heartbreaking, engrossing, trope-flipping fairy tale that includes: an emphasis on the importance of family narratives, an in-depth exploitation of opera I never knew I needed, a rather scathing "review" of the often-lacking medical approach to mental health, and a refreshingly-normalized LGBTQ+ romance (or two) at the very heart of the story. Bravo to Ann for this gorgeous debut novel. I can't wait to see what she writes next!

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Jessicakay
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Overall, it had such good potential, but ended up being pretty blah. I didn't care for the author's writing style, there was something almost disconnected about it. I started to get hooked near the middle and then it lost me again, but I was in too deep at that point to throw in the towel. The opera was long and drawn out, the ending was rushed, and the overall story explanation was weak.

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Lchnessmnstr
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It's absolutely beautiful. Ann Claycomb writes an opera that I feel like I've just watched and would love to watch all at the same time. I would recommend to any fairytale lovers and anyone who enjoyed Queen of the Night.

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Lchnessmnstr
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Sunday delivery! I can't wait to get to this summer read. New book from a colleague based on the little mermaid.

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Lizpixie
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Finished my first book for the #springcleaningreadathon and I loved it! A birthday present from @bookish_wookish it's a retelling of The Little Mermaid, the original bloody HCA story, as a modern magical realism story involving opera, composers, singers & Ireland. It was beautifully told & I found myself tearing through the last few chapters to find out the ending, which was perfect! For lovers of mermaids, Garden Spells & Practical Magic.⚓️🐳🐚

Lizpixie Oh, and this is my #LRC19 #LGBTQlove for the #LitsyReadingChallenge 3y
bookish_wookish So glad you liked it! I may have to read it too! 3y
BibliophileMomma I've been wanting to read this! 3y
JazzFeathers Sounds so intriguing:) 3y
readinginthedark Nice review! I'm sold! 3y
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Lizpixie
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My next read is this modern retelling of The Little Mermaid (the original dark version by HCA) which was a birthday gift from @bookish_wookish Kathleen is a soprano who's been plagued by stabbing pains in her feet, which only seawater helps soothe since she was a child. After a breakdown, her girlfriend Harry takes her to Ireland to investigate her family history for a cure. My #LRC19 #LGBTQlove book for #LitsyReadingChallenge

Laalaleighh My bf surprised me with this one in March! Can't wait to see what you think of it! 3y
DebinHawaii I liked this one--different but good! 👍📚 3y
JazzFeathers I like this twist :) 3y
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LazyOwl Yay, you're using the bookmark 😊 3y
Lizpixie @LazyOwl I love this one! BTW, I haven't seen my recipient post about the things I sent her, can you check if she received them please? 3y
bookish_wookish I hope its good! It sounded interesting! 3y
LazyOwl I just checked and your recipient has received yet 3y
LA_Mead Wow! What a cool idea! 3y
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Lizpixie
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Thank you to another of our #litmail PBC members @bookish_wookish for this brilliant book that's been on my Wishlist for awhile. This years birthday has been so good thanks to the loving & bighearted members of not just my PBC but all the Littens that wished me a happy birthday. I was very happy to be able to pay it forward with my giveaway, and I hope it inspires others to do the same.

THANK YOU!🎉🎉

LazyOwl Ooh, my sister might like this, she loves anything mermaids, let me know how you go 3y
scripturient Happy belated birthday!! :) 3y
bookish_wookish Youre welcome!! 🎂 3y
LitMail How lovely 😍 3y
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eekabook
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When you go to the book store to waste some time perusing shelves and you find a LGBTQ retelling(/sequel?) to the Little Mermaid. 😍😍😍 #prettycover #thatcovertho

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DebinHawaii
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Unique, modern retelling of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen-as dark or darker than the original fairy tale. Set in the world of music/opera & told by several viewpoints-music student/singer Kathleen, her girlfriend Harry (Harriet), Robin, her composer father & a group of sea-witches. Beautiful & imaginative-the story & characters kept me engaged. 📚🍴Paired with a Shrimp Salad Sandwich for my blog book tour review. Link to recipe👇🏼

DebinHawaii Link to full review & Shrimp Salad recipe inspired by my reading: http://kahakaikitchen.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-book-tour-stops-here-review-of_21... 3y
Alfoster Both look delicious!😍 3y
Jenshootsweddings Both sound fantastic!! 3y
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Lynnsoprano Yum for both! 3y
KarenUK Both sound lovely (book and sanga!)💕 3y
Cinfhen Even your chips look extra crunchy and perfect! 3y
Martta I've been looking for a perfect book for my Litsy reading challenge about music/theatre. Maybe this could be it! 3y
DebinHawaii @Alfoster @Jenshootsweddings @Lynnsoprano @KarenUK Thank you! Both the sandwich and book were really good! 😀 @Cinfhen They are my favorite sea salt & black pepper kettle chips!👍😋 @Martta Yes! This book would work well for that prompt.👍📚 (edited) 3y
mcipher This book sounds so fabulous!! 3y
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DebinHawaii
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Having the traditional St. Paddy's Day dinner of a brown rice bowl w/stir-fried leek & snow peas, grilled tomatoes & mahi mahi 🐟 w/Heidi Swanson's Lemon Miso Compound Butter (for the blog). 😆☘ OK, not very Irish-but quite delicious. Recovering from a busy & tiring week by staying in tonight, starting this ARC I am reviewing next week & hopefully getting a good night's sleep--and maybe some ice cream later but no green beer!☘🍺 #wildfridaynight

Nebklvr Yum 3y
Gryffindorian Looks delicious! 3y
Hooked_on_books So, any resolution on the #BOTM issue? 3y
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DebinHawaii @Hooked_on_books Yes, I think. I had to follow up yesterday when I didn't hear back. The Customer Service person was nice & apologized & said he was sending out 2 new books immediately (priority mail) & would email me with the tracking number as soon as they had it & sent an email saying the same. I didn't get an email so I followed up today about 5PM EST as I didn't want it to go the weekend & got an email about 45 min later w/a tracking number. (edited) 3y
DebinHawaii @Hooked_on_books that showed it went out right before the email was sent. Don't know when it will arrive yet but at the moment I give the service a 'B' so far for me having to initiate the follow up twice & no 'we are giving you a credit for the hassle' or some other surprise & delight. I am a big customer service person & may judge more harshly but I felt like I was bothering them about it versus them being proactive. If that makes sense. 😬 (edited) 3y
Hooked_on_books That makes complete sense! I'm glad they're sending more out, but I agree they should have done a bit more. Perhaps you'll have a chance to fill out a survey and can let them know that. With some companies, I've actually had good responses from my survey answers after this type of problem. 3y
Lizpixie bookdepository.com have fantastic customer service, which is one of the reasons I buy so much from them. They've replaced boxes of books, no questions asked twice when auspost has lost them, within 24hrs of my initial email as well. And they follow up with consecutive emails until the new books arrive. If you don't have great service, how can you expect loyal customers? 3y
DebinHawaii @Hooked_on_books @Lizpixie I agree. It's not bad service by any means but it hasn't been as stellar as I expected from what others have said. On the bright side, I am writing & facilitating a customer service class for the city & county here in April & they have given me a good recent example/case study about service recovery & taking ok/decent customer service to outstanding. 👍😆 3y
Laalaleighh My bf bought me this the other day and I can't wait to read it! 3y
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JenBrown
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I've seen this on the Audiobook app and I'm really intrigued. Seems like it is a new take on the Little Mermaid fairytale. Anyone has read it?

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JanelleSaysHi
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One of the coolest, most intelligent women I know--who also happens to be the wife of my academic mentor--just released her first novel. I'm so proud of this rad lady and ready to harass her for her autograph. ;)

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BeckyLeJ
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Today's been an interesting day, that's for sure. Just spent 20 minutes "sheltering in place" waiting for an all clear on a hunt for an armed suspect in the area. Fortunately I had good company with the pets and today's read. (Note the other mermaid bookmark, Zoraida Cordova's The Vicious Deep!) #catsoflitsy

@WilliamMorrow

LauraBrook Yikes! 😱 3y
Laura317 Oh my! I hope everything turned out ok! 3y
BeckyLeJ Yeah, we got a call about 20 mins later giving us the all clear. 3y
DebinHawaii Yikes! That is scary! 😱😱😱 3y
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Ubookquitous
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Just showed up- always seems to be feast or famine when it comes to ARC - not complaining though 😂

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ElleForLove
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A mermaid among the flowers! This lyrical women's fiction novel by talented newcomer Ann Claycomb is remarkable not only for its careful and beautiful weaving of fantastical elements, but also because of the emotional complexities of each and every character. Coming out in April, this book deserves a place on everyone's shelf!

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