From the author of Lost Boy comes a historical fairy tale about a mermaid who leaves the sea for love and later finds herself in P.T. Barnum's American Museum as the real Fiji mermaid. However, leaving the museum may be harder than leaving the sea ever was.Once there was a mermaid who longed to know of more than her ocean home and her people. One day a fisherman trapped her in his net but couldn't bear to keep her. But his eyes were lonely and caught her more surely than the net, and so she evoked a magic that allowed her to walk upon the shore. The mermaid, Amelia, became his wife, and they lived on a cliff above the ocean for ever so many years, until one day the fisherman rowed out to sea and did not return.P. T. Barnum was looking for marvelous attractions for his American Museum, and he'd heard a rumor of a mermaid who lived on a cliff by the sea. He wanted to make his fortune, and an attraction like Amelia was just the ticket.Amelia agreed to play the mermaid for Barnum, and she believes she can leave any time she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life, and he's determined to hold on to his mermaid....
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The Mermaid Reviews
I really enjoyed this book and am contemplating whether I think it should get over 4 stars. Maybe 4.25 out of 5. This is ultimately a story about a mermaid and what happens to her after coming onto land in the 1800's. She starts working for Barnum and starts to feel trapped in a world where women ultimately have no say. Coming from such a free place she's not really used to the way Americans thought and acted during those times. She was such a strong and independent character. I loved her wit, h ...more
Why does this sound like the Disney version of TLM? Like it looks the same except maybe was that circus?
Christina Henry does it again - I loved and devoured this book!
Based loosely on B.T. Barnum and his mermaid side show, this story courses through history and a familiar Splash story that is as craveable as it is hauntingly beautiful.
The heart of this incredible read is Amelia - the gray eyed, magical creature you love from page one. The pace of the narrative is as refreshing as its original storytelling.
Each of her books is better than the last!
I won an ARC of this book in a GoodReads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. So, here we go:
I find it kind of ironic so soon after seeing "The Greatest Showman" to be reading a book with such a wildly different perspective of P.T Barnum. XD And honestly, despite the author's note at the end, I am far more inclined to see this book as a more accurate representation of the man, despite my love for the musical.
I'll start with the good. This book is very lovely in its prose and it's story. It ...more
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Amelia, the mermaid who fell in love with a fisherman, wants the freedom she yearned for when she swam in the sea long ago. Her opportunity comes when a man P. T. Barnum offers her money in exchange for showing her as a side show attraction in his museum. What follows is Amelia's struggle to be treated not as a object but as a real person.
The Mermaid tackles some serious issues that we still see happening in our world t ...more
So this is my first Christina Henry book. I knew that she was getting known to be fantastic at her dark re-tellings of some of my favorite stories. This is actual footage of me getting ready to read this book..
But it's not a "Little Mermaid" re-telling. Which is okay. It still could have been a really interesting book.
This story involves Amelia, who just happens to be a real mermaid. Many years ago she was caught in a fisherman's net and saw his lonely eyes. She falls in the loves with ...more
5 Out Of 5 "lonely eyes" STARS
This was truly fantastic! A beguiling, slightly fantastical tale about a curious mermaid, and where her curiosity took her. Taking us from the coast of Maine to New York, Charleston and beyond. Amelia, the name she picked for herself, is haunting and alluring and you can't help but love her.
Centered around a reimagining of a hoax played by P.T. Barnum about the Feejee Mermaid, in early 1840's New York, with a tour ending in Charleston, SC.
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