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From Erika Swyler, author of The Book of Speculation—one of BuzzFeed’s Best Fiction Books of 2015-- a short story of a mermaid who ran away from the circus, and what happened when she started a life on land.Before she was a suburban wife and mother, Paulina Watson was the Mermaid Girl of Carnival Lareille. She traveled everywhere with two boxes: the first with red sequinsFrom Erika Swyler, author of The Book of Speculation—one of BuzzFeed’s Best Fiction Books of 2015-- a short story of a mermaid who ran away from the circus, and what happened when she started a life on land.Before she was a suburban wife and mother, Paulina Watson was the Mermaid Girl of Carnival Lareille. She traveled everywhere with two boxes: the first with red sequins for the dress she wore as a magician’s assistant, the second with green sequins for her mermaid tail. She'd grown up on wild stories told by wild circus people. Books, she hadn’t had books until she’d found Daniel Watson and stopped moving.The first time Daniel saw her, Paulina was floating in a glass tank, suspended in water that sparkled like it was made from night sky. She has settled down now, living in a house on a cliff on Long Island Sound with Daniel and their young family: six-year-old Simon and his baby sister, Enola. But if you steal the magician’s assistant from a carnival, how can you know if she’ll disappear?...

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The Mermaid Girl: A Story Reviews

  • karen
    2019-01-29 16:08

    The problem with stealing the magician's assistant from a carnival was that you were always waiting for her to disappear.The problem with marrying the mermaid girl from the carnival was knowing that one day she'd swim away.this is just a teensy short story prequel to the swyler's novel, The Book of Speculation. it features daniel and paulina, the parents of the narrator from t.b.o.s.; characters who do not directly appear in the novel, for reasons. despite being so short, this story really packs a punch - to those who have read speculation. i don't recommend this as a place to dive into swyler's writing for the first time, because although it's a sweetly sad story all on its own, there's no way it will have the same resonance to newcomers as it will to those who know how this story plays out in the end. it depicts a man's intense and unconditional love for his wife, a former circus mermaid and magician's assistant. as with all mermaid/human love stories, there's an inherently doomed aspect to the relationship, even when the mermaid is a circus mermaid and not an ocean mermaid; even when they have been together long enough to have two children together. mermaids, once removed from their environments, are haunted, restless, yearning for something they now lack, even if they have the best of intentions to making their land life work. She woke up when he carried her to the bedroom."Oh, you didn't have to. The couch is fine.""Yeah, but you won't be with me.""You're too good to me," she said. At some point she'd started saying those words like she meant them, like she needed him to believe them.it's an altogether lovely story - her writing is delicate and the tension is gentle; implicit, but nonetheless powerful for those who know where it will lead.Paulina's back was to him, her hair down. It spread around her, making it impossible to see her shoulders, obscuring her back and the fact that she'd not been eating well. He couldn't see the cards, but he could hear them hit the table, a little tap when she touched them. He'd loved her hair when he'd met her, the extension of her that just kept growing. Every day there was a new piece of her to love. She said it grew a half-inch a month, that the left side grew faster than the right, and he'd filed that fact away. Every month there was a new half-inch of her to discover, and it would be so for the rest of their lives. He hadn't imagined there would be a time when he'd want to cut it off, to shave her head to keep her from hiding.again, it's very short, and it doesn't quite fill the gap between the two stories, but it takes you close enough to fill in the missing pieces, and it adds dimensions to characters that were shadowy and mythical in speculation.i would absolutely love more of these stories - maybe the next one from paulina's perspective?? please?

  • Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
    2019-02-04 19:15

    The problem with marrying the mermaid girl from the carnival was knowing that one day she'd swim away.3.5 starsThis is a beautiful short story that is part of a world created by a novel, The Book of Speculation, that I have not read. And because of this little fact, I can't really give this story more than 3.5 stars. I have a feeling if I'd read the novel already this would have been a much higher rating, but alas I never do anything right.There is some absolutely gorgeous writing here and for only 40 some odd pages, this little short story really packed a punch. Swyler created some beautifully drawn characters in these pages along with some truly heavy themes, all written in a wistful and almost poetic style that probably hid the raw edge to the story without eradicating it. It is an edge which is felt rather than seen, and by the time I got to the last sentence, I felt a little emotion.I have spoiled a bit and read reviews of its companion novel and so I do know a little bit about its context. The story is mostly concerned with Paulina and Daniel, a married couple who are the parents of the novel's MC. Paulina was a mermaid girl in a carnival when she met Daniel, and by this I mean, not the kind with actual fins and tail, but a girl who can hold her breath for a crazy long time underwater. So Paulina grew up amidst the freaks, sideshows, and carnival crowd until Daniel swept her up and carried her to the land. The story shifts between Paulina and Daniel's perspectives, and has a nonlinear and kinda allegorical tone to it. Paulina suffers from crushing headaches which she attributes to all of her time holding her breath while she was younger, but Daniel really knows it is the exacerbations of phantom pain from a life she no longer lives and a self she no longer belongs to. It is almost as if when he fell in love with her, he knew he could only be with half of her and the other half would be gone forever. Paulina loves Daniel, fiercely, but she grows restless and agitated from a life confined to land, away from her other self, and those she is most familiar with. Though she is not a real mermaid with fins and gills, those lines become a bit blurry as the story continues. She'd spent enough of her life in water that her inner ear grew like a nautilus, winding and keeping her steady with anything that rolled--the sea, cars, trains, animals. It made standing still harder, it made her want to cling to land even when it made her sick.At its core it is a beautiful story of a marriage, one pulled and stressed by time, circumstances, missed opportunities, old memories, but whose love is enduring, steadfast, and powerful. Reading this story makes me want to read the novel that much sooner, even though by reading reviews, I know how this particular story ends. But that knowledge only packed that much more of a punch.I recommend it, but mostly for those who have read Swyler's other book and can make connections to the larger work. I did enjoy it very very much but I did feel like I missed something crucial, some information that would have made this story more magical, more raw, and more visceral than how I read it. And the beautiful prose makes it even better.Sometimes you made love to a man because you wanted your body to feel something other than the aches and pains of use. Sometimes you made love to a man because he looked so good that you wanted to try him on. Sometimes you made love to a man because he fathered your children, he made you a home, he loved you, and he staunched the parts of you that were always bleeding. Sometimes you made love to a man because you felt split in two, and joining with him pulled you back together.You can't fake talent like that.Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sandra
    2019-02-21 15:09

    Super short story as prequel to The Book of Speculation in which we meet Paulina, mother of Simon and Enola. In the novel we had learned that she drowned, eventhough she was a 'mermaid':(from TBOS) "Paulina, my mother, was a circus and carnival performer, fortune-teller, magician’s assistant, and mermaid who made her living by holding her breath. She taught me to swim like a fish, and she made my father smile. She disappeared often. She would quit jobs or work two and three at once. She stayed in hotels just to try out other beds."In this short story we learn more about Paulina, her thoughts and feelings, her pains too. Most of all, we feel Paulina being restless having traded the magical world for her family.....Wonderful!Now I want more.Review copy supplied by publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a rating and/or review.

  • TL
    2019-02-04 21:14

    The problem with marrying the mermaid girl from the carnival was knowing that one day she’d swim away."In the dark morning hours, the ritual of paper against paper was calming, even if she couldn’t always feel the edges of the cards. Shuffling, cutting, was as automatic as braiding her hair, tying her shoes, or wiping a smudge away with spit and a thumb. She asked questions. Michel had taught her that all cards came with questions, whether reading tarot, playing poker, or doing magic. "The water couldn’t be too cold, the Sound had to be absolutely still. Everything that gave water life was not allowed for children. Deep in her memory was the barbed smell of metallic city water, something that tanged of the minerals in Saratoga Springs, and being splashed into the deep before she knew how to walk. Gulping air, gulping water, and not being afraid. " Nice prequel story where we get a glimpse into the heads of Paulina and Daniel... you understand her a little better but not fully... and some of what happened to her later on comes in focus, even if it isn't fully explained (came up with my own theories, could be wrong, could be right :) )

  • Theresa
    2019-02-04 18:52

    I won this in a giveaway! This a cute short story (a prequel to Erika Swyler's debut novel, "The Book of Speculation"). Swyler's writing style has this beautiful and poetic quality to it. She's a natural storyteller. I found myself completely immersed in the book's protagonist, Paulina Watson. "The Mermaid Girl" is sweetly sublime, and now I'm 100% interested in reading, "The Book of Speculation". This novella was so much fun to read. I loved it. :)

  • Kels
    2019-02-23 15:08

    I really wish I would have read this short story directly after I finished The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler, which by the way was phenomenal and an instant favorite. I feel like if I had I would have connected more to this story. Yet even still, Swyler's prose is breathtaking and vivid. Her characters are paintings, and their stories are songs. I strongly doubt I'd ever say that reading anything she's penned was a bad choice.

  • Karen Mace
    2019-02-04 21:12

    I received a copy of this via NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review.This was a beautiful little read that has me itching to read The Book of Speculation of which this is the prequel to.Paulina was the mermaid at the circus - she was the assistant to the magician Michel Lareille, who she saw as a grandfather. She felt safe at the circus. Always on the move. This short story sees her as a wife and mother. Stuck in one place she keeps getting cripping headaches. We get to see flashbacks of her life at the circus and how she hankers for that life again. Her husband Daniel first saw her at the circus and is now worried she'll 'swim away' again. Her children, Simon and Enola, keep her returning after she occasionally disappears, but Daniel fears one day she'll not returnReally beautifully written

  • MaryannC.Book Fiend
    2019-02-16 15:06

    I won this on a Goodreads give away. Actual rating is 3.5 stars.This short story is a prelude to Erika Swyler's book The Book of Speculation. The writing had a lovely, almost poetic way about it which centers around Paulina, The Mermaid Girl who had traveled with the Carnival Lareille, who reminisces about her life as she raises her two children.

  • Diana
    2019-02-19 23:09

    I enjoyed this poignant tale that tells us more about Simon's mother and father. I loved its lyricism, how true the characters rang and the story it told.

  • Rebecca Foster
    2019-02-07 23:15

    I requested this assuming it was a new novel from the author of The Book of Speculation, which I missed out on last year. What it actually is, though, is a short story prequel. This meant that I spent the whole time trying to figure out who the characters were and how they were connected, so I did not get much out of this at all. However, I did like this passage: “Headaches were like birds. Starlings. They could be perfectly calm, then a single acorn could drop and send the entire flock to the sky.”

  • Cheri
    2019-01-29 21:03

    This is a prequel story to Erika Swyler’s novel, The Book of Speculation, which I have not read. Nevertheless I was enchanted from the first page of this little novella. It is short, thirty-some pages, but it is definitely not short on charm, and a little bit of magic. I am now very anxious to read The Book of Speculation.Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press, NetGalley, and to author Erika Swyler for this delightful story.

  • MelissaI
    2019-01-28 19:52

    A very quick read and a wonderful addition toI shifted back and forth a bit as to whether I was liking this or not, but I'm such a huge fan of "TBOS" that I quickly fell in love with this little prequel. I'd love for everyone to read and enjoy this, however I'd highly recommend that "The Book of Speculation" be read first. If not than I feel this won't be appreciated as much as it should be. I read and loved "TBOS", St. Martin's Press had an awesome offer and bookish gift of the tarot cards last year and now this little gem of a book! Would love to add "TBOS" book marks, coffee mug, book tote, lol. Very enjoyable, very special.She'd wondered if she'd disappeared into the memory of her mother. She wondered if memory could consume you until it walked around inside your skin, and you became a coat for it to wear, or a mermaid tail that got stitched up every morning." "The girl she was in the mermaid tank, how her hands and lips had sparkled, how the fishtail seemed real, the minutes he'd counted for her to breathe~The mermaid tail caught light and water as though it were made from both. It was sewn, surely, but fit her so perfectly it might as well have been part of her."Thank you very much @StMartinsPress @ErikaSwyler and @Goodreads for this awesome book gift which I'm thrilled to have been able to add to my "Book of Speculation" bookish things. I won this though the Goodreads First Reads program! Thank you! :)

  • Ashley M
    2019-02-23 14:48

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.This book felt more like an advertisement for the full length novel, The Book of Speculation by the same author. I feel like if I had read the novel first which was published first, I wouldn't have gained anything to help me with the short story that is this book.The book was quite frustrating and confusing at times because for a short story, I felt like I was being dragged back and forth either through time periods, or different events going back and forth. I think short stories like this one should be more linear. I did read the first chapter of her full length book which is titled above. It seems okay. If I have time, I might get a used cheap copy. Otherwise, I'll use my reading time on books I'll enjoy more. All in all, I don't think I would recommend this short story.

  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    2019-02-03 18:49

    Sweet when it takes bites out of you this prequel is lovely, I admit I liked this more than the novel. It's short but a powerful little story. "As harsh as outside noises were, the ones that came from inside were worse." I highlighted favorite lines, as I obsessively do and was surprised how much I did for so short a story. I was punched in the gut with all the thoughts Paulina had, moment to moment. And can I just add that the cover is lovely? I wish this was longer- I found myself seduced by the writing and Swyler has a gift with her sentences, I wish I could post everything that took a chunk out of me. I need to read The Book of Speculation again and write a review. Not sure why I never did.

  • Julia
    2019-02-13 17:14

    This is the story of Paulina, the mother of Simon and Enola from The Book of Speculation. I read this immediately after finishing The Book of Speculation, and I am glad I read the book before this story. I felt like there were little clues and hints you would only get if you read the book first. I did not find this story quite as interesting as the book, maybe because I knew how Paulina's life would end. I do think the story is good to read as further insight into the lives of Simon and Enola.

  • Lynn
    2019-01-24 20:02

    While the subject of the story seemed interesting at first, I found the story hard to follow, because it seemed to skip around too much. The writing was good, but I felt it lacked continuity in the storyline and depth of the characters. I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for my honest review.

  • Alexis
    2019-01-30 17:51

    This book is short. Like chapter length short but that's what it's intention was I believe. To be an epilogue of sorts for the main book, The Book of Speculation. That is the reason it took me so long to get my review on here. I had trouble thinking of a review for such a short little read.The reason for this is because I wanted something adequate for it. This may be short but it is packed full of gorgeous writing. The imagery in it is stunning and Swyler clearly has a talent for words. I imagine it would work really well if she could do a new addition ofThe Book of Speculation With this added in the front. It has been done before and worked well. On it's own it is beautiful but I wouldn't call it a book. More like a tease for a book, like the little preview snippets they sometimes stick in for the next book in the series.All that said it did what I imagine was it's intent and it got me desperately wanting to read her full book. I will be adding it to my shelves to read in the future and I am very happy I was one of the lucky winners for this goodreads giveaway.

  • Elaine
    2019-02-13 15:48

    I won a copy of The Mermaid Girl from a Goodreads Giveaway.When I requested a copy, I thought it was for a new novel. Also, I did not realize the author is also the author of The Book of Speculation, a book I did not like though the premise excited me initially.The Mermaid Girl is a very short prequel to The Book of Speculation. I was able to remember a few bits and pieces from The Book of Speculation yet the only thing I really remembered was how disappointed I felt after finishing it.There are some beautiful phrases and descriptions in this prequel; unfortunately, there are more metaphors than you can sink your teeth into and it gets distracting. That's what I recall from the novel as well.Ms. Swyler is a capable writer but I wish she would focus more on developing interesting, solid characters and making magic a believable part of the real world and less time on turning a whimsical phrase.

  • Bekah
    2019-02-18 17:09

    I stumbled upon this at a bookstore, printed together with the first chapter of The Book of Speculation. It is short and leaves you with questions, as I find most short stories do. But I didn't even mind. It was just so beautifully written. I found myself pausing now and then to appreciate how beautifully a sentence or paragraph had been crafted. Sometimes you made love to a man because you wanted your body to feel something other than the aches and pains of use. Sometimes you made love to a man because he looked so good that you wanted to try him on. Sometimes you made love to a man because he fathered your children, he made you a home, he loved you, and he staunched the parts of you that were always bleeding. Sometimes you made love to a man because you felt split in two, and joining with him pulled you back together.It was melancholy and atmospheric and just perfect. I definitely need to read more from this author.

  • Liz Pollinger
    2019-02-03 20:06

    I won this book from Goodreads.As a young girl Paulina was part of a Carnival. She grew up playing the part of a Mermaid in a tank of water. She is now an adult, married with two children living on Long Island. She seems to be unhappy in her life and not quite sure what to do about it. Danny, her husband, loves her very much, but he too can't seem to bring her happiness, even though she says she is. Her life seems to be lacking something. The book says it is a prequel to The Book of Speculation which I have never read. I was a quick read, with not much substance.

  • Mary
    2019-02-23 15:51

    I won a copy of The Mermaid Girl on Goodreads Giveaways. This diminutive booklet held a special interest for me since I had already read and loved The Book Of Speculation by Erica Swyler. This is a very delicate and lovely short story that adds just a bit more background and interest to her novel...a very enjoyable read.

  • Elyse
    2019-02-11 20:09

    Won in a Goodreads Giveaway.I guess I'll be rereading this after I've read The Book of Speculation since I'm totally lost. A lot of reviewers said you won't get anything out of it until after you read The Book of Speculation. Then it will make sense. It was a weird little story by itself.

  • WTF Are You Reading?
    2019-02-07 15:11

    The Mermaid Girl provides readers with an extremely intimate view of relationships. The relationship between a husband and wife. The relationship between a mother and her children. The relationship between a woman and her past. Paulina Watson can still remember the sparkle of the sequins that she was charged with sewing on to her costumes when she served as one of the star attractions of the Carnival Lareille.Red, for the dress she wore at the side of grandfatherly magician and carnival owner, Michel Lareille.Green, for the tail that she wore while swimming for hours in the tank of The Mermaid Girl. Only daring to break the water's glassy surface five times an hour to breathe.She had been part of a family there. Two really.The small and immediate one made up of her mother, a fortune teller, and her father, the carnival's big cat handler.A larger one, made up of the carnival itself. The performers, the sights, sounds, smells, the animals, travel, the tank, Michel, her costumes, and of course... her sequins.Now married, a mother, and settled in a home on the coast of Long Island Sound. Paulina is living a life far removed from the one of her past. A life made smaller by debilitating headaches that leave her unable to function. A life filled with the consistent love of her husband Daniel. A life made sweeter by the cute and quirk of her daughter Enola, and the vigilant care of her son Simon.A life spent close to the water that she loves. Close, but never truly a part of it.Awash in elements of contemporary fiction, combined with the whimsy of magical realism. The Mermaid Girl is a short story taken from Erika Swylar's The Book of Speculation. Though this story is a scant 30+ pages. Its vivid imagery and lyrical prose sings a siren's song to the reader, which is impossible to resist.A tale of love, loss, memories, hopes, fears, dreams, realities, secrets, and sacrifice. The Mermaid Girl is a story crafted to fit the small quiet places in the heart and minds of all who dare venture into its pages.

  • Izabella (pagesfullofstars)
    2019-02-21 18:47

    "She shut her eyes and knew that if she wished, she could count the days, the hours, since she'd last pricked her finger to make herself shine."The Mermaid Girl is a beautifully crafted novella, full of stunning imagery.Paulina was once a part of Carnival Lareille, the spectacular mermaid girl, bewildering the audience with her glittering tail and the ability to stay underwater for a long time. Until she met Daniel who swept her away and offered her a normal, settled down life. But even though Paulina found happiness with her family, she still misses her life in the carnival.This was my first book by Erika Swyler and I know that it's a prequel story to her other one, The Book of Speculation but it managed to enchant me from the very first page. The novella is short, a bit over thirty pages but it carries so much substance inside, that it felt like I was reading a full book. The Mermaid Girl tells two stories. Paulina loves her husband and her two children but she yearns for her past life in the carnival, where her days were filled with performances and magic, and standing in one place causes her to suffer from crippling migraines. Daniel, Paulina's husband, is happy with their life in a house on a cliff, but he's afraid that as Paulina brings back her carnival memories, she may disappear again. It's not a fantasy story, yet it's got this magical quality and melancholic, bittersweet atmosphere. It really feels as if Paulina was a real mermaid, missing the ocean and suffocating on land. The writing is absolutely beautiful and mesmerising. When you read you can smell the salt, see the glittering red and green sequins and the sunshine gleaming on water waves.The Mermaid Girl is a wonderful story that stands on its own, but after finishing it I cannot wait to pick up The Book of Speculation.I have kindly received a copy of this book from netgalley and St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review.The review also appeared on my blog.

  • Marleen
    2019-02-24 20:10

    From other reviewers I now understand why it would have been better reading this small prequel to The Book of Speculation after I’ve read the full novel (The Book of Speculation that is). Still this Kindle single gives me a thorough taste of the author, Erika Swyler’s immense talent.Swyler’s writing evokes such strong emotions, on a visceral and palpable level. There’s a welcoming depth and complexity to the two main characters, Paulina and Daniel Watson. You can’t help but be extremely captivated and intrigued of how this story is going to end.See if a sentence like this one can convince you :“Sometimes you made love to a man because he fathered your children, he made you a home, he loved you, and he staunched the parts of you that were always bleeding. Sometimes you made love to a man because you felt split in two, and joining with him pulled you back together”. I am so curious now to read The Book of Speculation – and hopefully it will clarify the questions I still have about Paulina and Daniel – told with the story of their son, Simon.

  • Jamie
    2019-02-15 21:08

    My thanks to St. Martin's Press and Goodreads Giveaways for sending me a copy of this book for review!This was a beautifully written short story (and prequel to The Book of Speculation, which I haven't read.) about Paulina Watson, who grew up on the road with a traveling carnival and later a circus. From age thirteen she was the "Mermaid Girl" swimming underwater for hours at a time wearing a red sequined mermaid tail. One day she falls in love and gets married to Daniel, and spends years trying to find her sea legs on dry land. The twist at the end of this story was one I didn't see coming and completed it in a satisfying and beautiful way.This story is all about finding connection and family; loss and letting go. It's written in really sparkling prose and has some truly gorgeous imagery that will stick with you long after you finish reading.As a side point: you can read this story as a stand alone. You don't have to have read The Book of Speculation to understand the story.

  • Kelsi H
    2019-02-02 22:01

    Please check out all of my reviews at http://ultraviolentlit.blogspot.ca!This is a short little prequel to Swyler's 2015 novel The Book of Speculation. It tells the story of Simon and Enola's mother Pauline - a mermaid who ran away from the circus to start a family of her own. The relationship between Pauline and her husband Daniel is touching, as are her interactions with six year old Simon, who begs her to tell circus stories in the middle of the night. I have not yet read The Book of Speculation, but reading this little story has left me wanting to read the novel as soon as possible. I can imagine that if you have already read and loved the novel, this story will add even more enjoyment.

  • Yuckamashe
    2019-02-14 17:13

    I won a giveaway!!! I feel like the dad in a "Christmas Story" when he won his major award! This book was sent to me for free! Having put that disclaimer, I laughed hysterically when the book arrived. I failed to look at the details such as the page count. My sister says it is a pamphlet. It is a tiny little short story. For such a meager page count, it really has a lot of draw. It reminded me of one of my favorite authors Alice Hoffman. It is most like her book "the Museum of Extraordinary Things". It is dreamy, melancholy and magical. The main character is torn between her past and present. She was raised in a traveling circus in which she was a mermaid. She is a real life fish out of water. I really want to read Swyler's other work now.

  • Lyn
    2019-02-23 22:10

    This story was all over the place. A lot of times, it would be in one setting for just one paragraph, and in another in the next, and another in the next. I get that this is a short story, but I still think the skipping around was a little excessive. It made it hard to follow. I actually read this out loud to my mom, and she seemed pretty confused at times, because she couldn't see all the breaks - I could see all the breaks and was still a little confused at times. It did end up having a good theme, that missing stuff makes you complete, but it definitely wouldn't hurt the story to make it a little more longer to add some clarity.Note: I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.

  • Helen Marquis
    2019-02-20 19:53

    I haven't read "The Book of Speculation" which this short story is a prequel to, but I don't think I lost anything from this. That said, I have added it to my reading after reading this, as if "The Mermaid Girl" is anything to go by, it should be well worth a read.Erika Swyler's prose is really wonderful, with this fairy tale in reverse of a circus performer who spends all her time as a mermaid in a tank, but who falls in love and hangs up her sequined tail to get married and have babies with a normal guy who lives in suburbia.Imbued with melancholy, this is the tale of a woman who has lost the sparkle from her life. But at it's heart is love. Really looking forward to reading the sequel! A beautiful tale.