Margo Lanagan: Sea Hearts

The jacket describes this novel as “hauntingly beautiful”. Spellbinding and mesmerising are other verbs that come to mind. Reading this novel one could feel the ebb and flow of the tides and the rhythms of body, binding mankind to the very essence of life.Margo Lanagan’s prose is shatteringly beautiful. An exquisite tale.

Set on the remote island of Rollrock, this magical story tells of Misskaella the “sea-witch” who is able to “draw a girl from the heart of a seal”. For a price, the men on the island are able to buy themselves a sea bride. This story brings to life the legend of the selkie, a Celtic mythological creature.

Each chapter is told from the perspective of one of the characters. Like jigsaw pieces they seamlessly fit together to create the complete story. Tales of empathy and almost tangible descriptions create a novel about longing, belonging, a sense of place and yearning for connection.

In the UK and the US this book has been published as “The Brides of Rollrock.”

 

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