The Mermaid's Daughter

Version: Unabridged
Author: Ann Claycomb
Narrator: Suzanne Crowley , Shannon McManus
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Literature, Fairy Tales & Folklore
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published In: March 2017
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 12 hours, 30 minutes
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A modern-day expansion of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, this unforgettable debut novel weaves a spellbinding tale of magic and the power of love as a descendent of the original mermaid fights the terrible price of saving herself from a curse that has affected generations of women in her family.
Kathleen has always been dramatic. She suffers from the bizarre malady of experiencing stabbing pain in her feet. On her sixteenth birthday, she woke screaming from the sensation that her tongue had been cut out. No doctor can find a medical explanation for her pain, and even the most powerful drugs have proven useless. Only the touch of seawater can ease her pain, and just temporarily at that.

Now Kathleen is a twenty-five-year-old opera student in Boston and shows immense promise as a soprano. Her girlfriend Harry, a mezzo in the same program, worries endlessly about Kathleen's phantom pain and obsession with the sea. Kathleen's mother and grandmother both committed suicide as young women, and Harry worries they suffered from the same symptoms. When Kathleen suffers yet another dangerous breakdown, Harry convinces Kathleen to visit her hometown in Ireland to learn more about her family history.

In Ireland, they discover that the mystery-and the tragedy-of Kathleen's family history is far older and stranger than they could have imagined.  Kathleen's fate seems sealed, and the only way out is a terrible choice between a mermaid's two sirens-the sea, and her lover. But both choices mean death... 
Haunting and lyrical, The Mermaid's Daughter asks-how far we will go for those we love? And can the transformative power of music overcome a magic that has prevailed for generations?

Reviews (2)

Written by Katie R on April 22nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A dark and twisty version of the little mermaid told with a twist of opera and music. I listened to the audio book and the readers were great and gave the accents that I would have imagined. I am not sure why the last part was included in the story. It didn't add clarity for me only more confusion.

Written by Brandy S on April 19th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 3/5

A retelling of the little mermaid. Overall it was ok with beautiful descriptions but fell short on character development.

Author Details

Author Details

Claycomb, Ann

Ann Claycomb's fiction has been published in American Short Fiction, Zahir, Fiction Weekly, Brevity, Hot Metal Bridge, The Evansville Review, Title Goes Here, and other publications. She has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has an MFA in fiction from West Virginia University.