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In Sea Creatures, a riveting domestic drama by Susanna Daniel, a mother must make the unthinkable choice between her husband and her son.

When Georgia Qullian returns to her hometown of Miami, her toddler and husband in tow, she is hoping for a fresh start. They have left Illinois trailing scandal and disappointment in their wake, fallout from her husband's severe sleep disorder. For months, their three-year-old son has refused to speak a word.

On a whim, Georgia takes a job as an errand runner for a reclusive artist and is surprised at how her life changes dramatically. But soon the family's challenges return, more complicated than before. Late that summer, as a hurricane bears down on South Florida, Georgia must face the fact that her decisions have put her only child in grave danger.

Sea Creatures is a mesmerizing exploration of the high stakes of marriage and parenthood.


“What I found most stirring in Sea Creatures is how deftly Daniels exposes one of the most agonizing realities of parenthood: that no matter how hard we try, or how endless our love for our children, we are hampered by our own limitations, sometimes even tragically.” Helen Schulman, author of This Beautiful Life

About the Author

Born and raised in Miami, Susanna Daniel received her MFA at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, and was a Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Stiltsville is her first novel.

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Benz1966, August 2, 2013 (view all comments by Benz1966)
So, I enjoyed Susanna Daniel's Stiltsville, so much so that I was surprised because, from the cover, I had thought it would be just another chick-lit book (meaning pleasant, but unforgettable). However, it stuck with me, and so, when I saw that Sea Creatures was available for review, I snatched it up, anticipating another interesting, thoughtful read.

What I appreciated about Sea Creatures was the re-introduction, albeit from another viewpoint, into the world where Stiltsville was held. I love the setting in Florida, could feel the humid, balmy wind, a remnant of a memory when I lived in Florida for eight long/short months (depending on what memory I am thinking of). I enjoyed the idea of a couple moving to Florida and, rather than finding a home like most people would do, purchasing a houseboat and I looked forward to seeing life from that angle.

What I struggled with was just how much was going on with the story. Between the sleep disorders of the parents, the selective mutism of the toddler son, the divorce of the father (and subsequent remarriage), the hermit living on the water, and all of the tragedy (think natural disaster), there just was so much happening it was difficult to keep my attention on the book. I don't want to be cruel, because I do think Susanna Daniel can write extremely well, but Sea Creatures just could not hold my attention. I felt overwhelmed and because of that, I just did not want to pick up the page to escape into the pages. And that, for me, is a death sentence. At least with bad books I can put them down and not give them a second thought before moving on, but Sea Creatures wasn't bad - I couldn't justify putting it in the did-not-finish pile because, well, because I loved Stiltsville and I desperately wanted to give this book a full chance. Instead, I breathed a sigh of relief when I got to the last page.

I wish I could say more positive things about Sea Creatures. Can you see how guilty I feel? This one just did not work for me.
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For Kids 6 to 9 Years Old
Daniel, Susanna
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
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9 x 6 x 1.05 in 22.8 oz

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