The Mermaid's Daughter by Ann Claycomb audiobook

The Mermaid's Daughter: A Novel

By Ann Claycomb
Read by Shannon McManus , Alana Kerr Collins , Suzanne Crowley , and Dominic Keating

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062560681
12.85 Hours 1
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A modern-day expansion of Hans Christian Andersen’s 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 mystery—and the tragedy—of Kathleen’s family history is far older and stranger than they could have imagined.  Kathleen’s fate seems sealed, and the only way out is a terrible choice between a mermaid’s two sirens—the sea, and her lover. But both choices mean death…  Haunting and lyrical, The Mermaid’s Daughter asks—how 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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Summary

A modern-day expansion of Hans Christian Andersen’s 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 mystery—and the tragedy—of Kathleen’s family history is far older and stranger than they could have imagined.  Kathleen’s fate seems sealed, and the only way out is a terrible choice between a mermaid’s two sirens—the sea, and her lover. But both choices mean death… 

Haunting and lyrical, The Mermaid’s Daughter asks—how far we will go for those we love? And can the transformative power of music overcome a magic that has prevailed for generations?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Beautifully written and captivating…Claycomb’s use of the fairy tale is deft and enchanting…A satisfying emotional journey, one that’s heart-wrenching and also a little magical.” New York Daily News
“Captures the mystery, tragic loss, and beauty of Hans Christian Andersen’s original mermaid tale while thoughtfully and passionately updating it.” Publishers Weekly
“A loose retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale…Like its source, it is numinous and lovely.” Booklist
“Terrific performances by multiple narrators…Alternating between Kathleen; her best friend, Harry; her Irish father; voices from the past; and whispers from the ocean that only Kathleen can hear, the narrators deliver this engaging, sometimes chilling, always magical retelling of the age-old tale.” AudioFile
“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, author of Orphan #8
“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
“A truly enchanting tale beautifully told.” Menna van Praag, author of The Dress Shop of Dreams

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Author Bio: Ann Claycomb

Author Bio: Ann Claycomb

Ann Claycomb is a writer living in Morgantown, West Virginia, where she earned her MFA in fiction from West Virginia University, and an MA in literature from University of Maryland. She has studied with Emily Mitchell, Gail Galloway Adams, Mark Brazaitis, Kevin Oderman, Claire Messud, Joyce Kornblatt, Howard Norman, and Reginald McKnight. She has published fiction and creative nonfiction in several venues.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 12.85
Audience: Adult
Language: English