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Sailor Twain: Or, the Mermaid in the Hudson

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One hundred years ago. On the foggy Hudson River, a riverboat captain rescues an injured mermaid from the waters of the busiest port in the United States. A wildly popular—and notoriously reclusive—author makes a public debut. A French nobleman seeks a remedy for a curse. As three lives twine together and race to an unexpected collision, the mystery of the Mermaid of the Hudson deepens.
 
A mysterious and beguiling love story with elements of Poe, Twain, Hemingway, and Greek mythology, drawn in moody black-and-white charcoal, this new paperback edition of the New York Times Best-Selling graphic novel by author/illustrator Mark Siegel is a study in romance, atmosphere, and suspense. Don't miss Sailor Twain.

 

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"In a work that calls to mind Conrad's enigmatic short story 'The Secret Sharer,' we follow the story of Captain Twain, a steamboat captain who discovers a wounded mermaid clinging to the side of his ship. Twain secretly brings her aboard, stows her in his cabin, and nurses her back to health, developing a strong attachment to her in the process. As he begins to learn her story, he recognizes that it may have a connection to correspondence between Dieudonné de Lafayette, the womanizing proprietor of the steamboat line, and writer C.G. Beaverton. Lafayette spends his days in endless conquest of the women who board his steamboat, which keeps him distracted enough that he doesn't discover Twain's secret stowaway. What readers eventually discover about the mermaid and her world brings about a series of dramatic events that lead to the story's remarkable conclusion. Siegel's strength as a storyteller is in knowing precisely how to balance the verbal and the visual, sometimes taking us for two or three pages on a wordless sequence that says so much more than dialogue ever could. As well, the manner in which he presents both the real and the fantastic shows his profound understanding of both worlds." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Mark Siegel was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and grew up in France. He is the editorial director of First Second and an accomplished writer and illustrator. He is the illustrator of To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel, a Robert F. Sibert Award Honor Book, written by his wife, Siena Cherson Siegel; and author and illustrator of the picture book Moving House, published by Roaring Brook Press. The New York Times Best-Selling Sailor Twain is his most recent graphic novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781596436367
Author:
Siegel, Mark
Publisher:
First Second
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Graphic Novels - Fantasy
Edition Description:
Graphic Novels
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
black and white illustrations throughout
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In a work that calls to mind Conrad's enigmatic short story 'The Secret Sharer,' we follow the story of Captain Twain, a steamboat captain who discovers a wounded mermaid clinging to the side of his ship. Twain secretly brings her aboard, stows her in his cabin, and nurses her back to health, developing a strong attachment to her in the process. As he begins to learn her story, he recognizes that it may have a connection to correspondence between Dieudonné de Lafayette, the womanizing proprietor of the steamboat line, and writer C.G. Beaverton. Lafayette spends his days in endless conquest of the women who board his steamboat, which keeps him distracted enough that he doesn't discover Twain's secret stowaway. What readers eventually discover about the mermaid and her world brings about a series of dramatic events that lead to the story's remarkable conclusion. Siegel's strength as a storyteller is in knowing precisely how to balance the verbal and the visual, sometimes taking us for two or three pages on a wordless sequence that says so much more than dialogue ever could. As well, the manner in which he presents both the real and the fantastic shows his profound understanding of both worlds." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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