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Ever since her father walked into the ocean eleven years ago, a young woman waits for him to return. Life in her coastal town is decidedly bleak. Her mother spends her time quietly monitoring the ocean for her missing husband. Her grandfather passes the days typesetting dictionaries that will never be printed.

Rather than suffer the contortions of becoming a woman and accepting her father's apparent suicide, the narrator convinces herself she is a mermaid and escapes her dreary, northern town life via a fantastic myth.

When not chambermaiding at decrepit motels and dreaming of becoming a scientist, she dedicates her time to falling obsessively in love with Jude, a drinker and a sailor twice her age who bears more than a passing similarity to her father. She knows Jude has a troubling secret that will, when revealed, help to fulfill the narrator's peculiar sense of her identity.

Part modern gothic, part coming-of-age story, The Seas explores the very real possibilities in the unreal, straddling the horizons between the ocean and the land; literature and science; wishing and reality.

Review:

"In this retelling of 'The Little Mermaid,' Hunt traps readers in an undertow of tragedy gripping a bleak Northern fishing town. A young woman meets Jude, a sailor whose experiences in Iraq have rendered him watery and insubstantial. Jude becomes both love interest and paternal figure for the girl, whose own father disappeared at sea years before. Convinced she is a mermaid, she believes her love dooms the mortal Jude, but she longs to take him into the ocean with her. The sea's presence is constantly felt in the bleak, isolated town. 'There is little else to do here besides get drunk and it seems to make what is small, us, part of something that is drowned and large, something like the bottom of the sea....' Atmospherically, the book resembles Annie Proulx's The Shipping News, but in this story, chances for redemption are rare, and the line between reality and fairy tale is blurred. The girl's grandfather, a typesetter, fills her head with words and definitions, but despite determining to observe everything as a scientific experiment, she cannot find a way to define the wet footprints she finds in odd places, the strange things she sees on the beach and her drowning love for Jude. While Hunt occasionally hammers her themes too hard — in one instance even listing them for us — this book devastates with its lonely, cold imagery." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"An odd and fabulous tale....A cross between Rosamunde Pilcher's Coming Home and R.A. Dick's The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, this is a beautifully unconventional story." Library Journal

Review:

"Samantha Hunt writes as if her pen were a sable paintbrush....There is an ethereal quality to her vibrant prose, which fluctuates between the earthly and mythical worlds of the main character?s mind....The Seas is a mesmerizing story, one that draws you in like a soft September undertow." Patricia D. Weisgerber, SmallSpiralNotebook

Review:

"Hunt's precise and intense prose, her vivid and unexpected images, often read like poetry. This inventive tale of a mermaid's search for a voice is testament to the success of a writer who has found her own." Albertina Antognini, San Diego Union-Tribune

Review:

"Samantha Hunt's rookie novel, The Seas, reads as though Gordon Lish had undergone a magic-realist implant, John Hawkes had sprouted Marquezian wings, Raymond Carver had lived to see Prozac proliferate....Twin Peaks meets Northern Exposure." Daniel Asa Rose, New York Observer

Synopsis:

Rather than suffer the contortions of becoming a woman and accepting her father's apparent suicide, the narrator convinces herself she is a mermaid and escapes her dreary, northern town life via a fantastic myth.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781931561853
Author:
Hunt, Samantha
Publisher:
MacAdam/Cage Publishing
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20041131
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
167
Dimensions:
8.22x5.58x.86 in. .74 lbs.

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Product details 167 pages MacAdam/Cage Publishing - English 9781931561853 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this retelling of 'The Little Mermaid,' Hunt traps readers in an undertow of tragedy gripping a bleak Northern fishing town. A young woman meets Jude, a sailor whose experiences in Iraq have rendered him watery and insubstantial. Jude becomes both love interest and paternal figure for the girl, whose own father disappeared at sea years before. Convinced she is a mermaid, she believes her love dooms the mortal Jude, but she longs to take him into the ocean with her. The sea's presence is constantly felt in the bleak, isolated town. 'There is little else to do here besides get drunk and it seems to make what is small, us, part of something that is drowned and large, something like the bottom of the sea....' Atmospherically, the book resembles Annie Proulx's The Shipping News, but in this story, chances for redemption are rare, and the line between reality and fairy tale is blurred. The girl's grandfather, a typesetter, fills her head with words and definitions, but despite determining to observe everything as a scientific experiment, she cannot find a way to define the wet footprints she finds in odd places, the strange things she sees on the beach and her drowning love for Jude. While Hunt occasionally hammers her themes too hard — in one instance even listing them for us — this book devastates with its lonely, cold imagery." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "An odd and fabulous tale....A cross between Rosamunde Pilcher's Coming Home and R.A. Dick's The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, this is a beautifully unconventional story."
"Review" by , "Samantha Hunt writes as if her pen were a sable paintbrush....There is an ethereal quality to her vibrant prose, which fluctuates between the earthly and mythical worlds of the main character?s mind....The Seas is a mesmerizing story, one that draws you in like a soft September undertow."
"Review" by , "Hunt's precise and intense prose, her vivid and unexpected images, often read like poetry. This inventive tale of a mermaid's search for a voice is testament to the success of a writer who has found her own."
"Review" by , "Samantha Hunt's rookie novel, The Seas, reads as though Gordon Lish had undergone a magic-realist implant, John Hawkes had sprouted Marquezian wings, Raymond Carver had lived to see Prozac proliferate....Twin Peaks meets Northern Exposure."
"Synopsis" by , Rather than suffer the contortions of becoming a woman and accepting her father's apparent suicide, the narrator convinces herself she is a mermaid and escapes her dreary, northern town life via a fantastic myth.
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