Paperbacks That Lighten Your Day
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The Mermaid's Child
Malin Reed, the tough, lonely, adventurous
heroine of Jo Baker's novel, has never known her mother, but her dad insists
she was a mermaid. Her grandmother, unsympathetic to fairy tales, uses a worse
name—"sugared, smutty, not-to-be-mentioned-again"—that
the child doesn't yet understand. When her father dies, Malin loses her only
protector and is left alone to survive and figure out her real identity. Baker's
writing seduces as she recounts Malin's outlandish journey, which takes her
from the crew of a slave ship, through the desert with a broken-down circus to
becoming adrift in the ocean with an ancient scholar, all the while remaining on
the lookout for a glimpse of her missing parent—and the love that is,
as she put it, "all I’d ever wanted."
— Joanna Scutts