Monday, May 30, 2016
(To remind you all: this weekly post lists the books that arrived the week before, to help you find things to buy and love and clutch to your bosom forever. I very rarely have read any of those books or know anything particularly deep about them.)
The one book that arrived last week is The Mermaid's Secret by Katie Schickel, a contemporary fantasy with possible chick-lit roots. ("Chick-lit" is so dismissive, but I don't know a better term for stories about young women trying to find their way in the world. Bildungsroman doesn't quite fit for people already grown-up. But, to be honest, we don't give similar books about young men a specific name -- they're just considered "literature," most of the time -- so maybe women should get the same pass.) Anyway, Jess Creary is a twentysomething stuck in life -- her sister died two years ago, her mother has disappeared, she's flipping burgers on a fishing boat to pay the bills, and the only thing she really wants to do is surf. But then one night the perfect wave transforms her into a mermaid -- as it does, you know -- and she first glories in a new exciting life and then, inevitably, has to choose between the briny blue and humanity. Mermaid's Secret will be available June 14th in most of your modern book formats: hardcovers, softer covers, and several flavors of free-flowing electrons.