The Mermaid's Child by Jo Baker
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
In this fantastical novel, the acclaimed author of Longbourn brings us the magical story of a young girl in search of her mother...who just might be a mermaid. Malin has always been different, and when her father dies, leaving her alone, her choice is clear: stay, and remain an outsider forever, or leave in search of the mythical inheritance she is certain awaits her. Apprenticed to a series of strange and wonderful characters, Malin embarks on a grueling journey that crosses oceans and continentsâfrom the high seas to desert plainsâand leads to a discovery that she could never have expected. Beautifully written and hauntingly strange, The Mermaidâs Child is a remarkable piece of storytelling, and an utterly unique work of fantasy from literary star Jo Baker.
About the Author:
Jo Baker was born in Lancashire. She was educated at Oxford and at Queen's University, Belfast, where she completed a PhD on the work of the Anglo-Irish writer Elizabeth Bowen. Her first novel, Offcomer, was published by William Heinemann in 2001. Her second book, The Mermaid's Child, is was published in August 2004. Jo Baker has also written for BBC Radio 4, and her short stories have been included in a number of anthologies. From 2001-2003 she was the Artistic Director of the Belfast Literary Festival. She lives in Belfast with her husband, the playwright and screenwriter Daragh Carville, and their son Daniel. The Telling is her third novel.
This book was a difficult read for me. It is a fairy tale but a very sad one. I love fairy tales because I need to escape reality at times, but I did not want to stay in Malins' World. This book was full of abuse and sadness. I wish it was a little more uplifting when the search for Malins' mother starts but it stays sad. I found that the story was well told and the world was built nicely. The author can write, bu the tone of the book never picks up it stays sad. I also wish there was more to the plot it was simple and dragged on a t points. Overall if you like coming of age story with sad tones then this is the book for you. If you want a Disney fairy tale then this would not be the right book for you.