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Historical fiction

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock

Debut
We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Imogen Hermes Gowar on your first novel!

by Imogen Hermes Gowar

Quick take

A lowly merchant finds himself in possession of a surprisingly hideous mermaid in this romp through 18th-century London.

Good to know

  • Romance

  • 400+ pages

  • Critically acclaimed

  • Ornate

Caution

  • Highly stylized prose
  • Numerous characters
  • Slow pace to start

Why I love it

If your first thought upon seeing this book was a story starring a redheaded woman with a tail, let me clear the air: This is not one of those mermaid tales. The magical creature that haunts these pages is small, clawed, and, most importantly, dead. And yet, it is this small curiosity that brings together an unlikely cast of characters at the heart of this transporting novel set in 18th-century Lo...

Synopsis

One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock hears urgent knocking on his front door. One of his captains is waiting eagerly on the step. He has sold Jonah’s ship for what appears to be a mermaid.

As gossip spreads through the docks, coffee shops, parlors, and brothels, everyone wants to see Mr. Hancock’s marvel. Its arrival spins him out of his ordinary existence and through the doo...

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2019 ratings
  • 23% Love
  • 43% Like
  • 26% Dislike
    September 2018