The Mermaid of Black Conch : A Love Story – WINNER Costa Prize

by Monique Roffey

£9.99

Reserve a copy

×

Reserve a copy

Reserve a copy of The Mermaid of Black Conch : A Love Story – WINNER Costa Prize at the Owl Bookshop. If you provide your email address below, we will contact you when this item is ready for collection. For delivery by post add the address to the order notes and we will be in touch to arrange payment.


    Fiction

    Paperback

    Published by Peepal Tree Press

    Published April 2020

    9.99 Owl loyalty points

    Costa Book of the Year

    April 1976: St Constance, a tiny Caribbean village on the island of Black Conch, at the start of the rainy season. A fisherman sings to himself in his pirogue, waiting for a catch – but attracts a sea-dweller he doesn’t expect. Aycayia, a beautiful young woman cursed by jealous wives to live as a mermaid, has been swimming the Caribbean Sea for centuries. And she is entranced by this man David and his song.

    But her fascination is her undoing. She hears his boat’s engine again and follows it, and finds herself at the mercy of American tourists, landed on the island for the annual fishing competition. After a fearsome battle, she is pulled out of the sea and strung up on the dock as a trophy. It is David who rescues her, and gently wins her trust – as slowly, painfully, she starts to transform into a woman again. But transformations are not always permanent, and jealousy, like love, can have the force of a hurricane, and last much longer

    The novel’s characters are an unlikely mix: a mermaid, a fisherman, a deaf boy, a Caribbean artist and sweetman and a benevolent white landowner. Miss Arcadia Rain’s own love story is interwoven with Aycayia and David’s and the rivalries and affections in both family and community are brought brilliantly to life. Themes of unconditional love, friendship, family and loss, are examined without sentimentality. Roffey manages to write convincingly about a mermaid, a ‘legend drawn from the sea’, returned to land, to survive, heal and live again, as a real woman in modern times.

    The Book of Form and Emptiness – WOMEN’S PRIZE 2022 WINNER by Ruth Ozeki | 9781838855277

    The Book of Form and Emptiness – WOMEN’S PRIZE 2022 WINNER

    Ruth Ozeki

    £9.99

    Tomb of Sand WINNER International Booker Prize 2022 by Geetanjali Shree (Tr. Daisy Rockwell) | 9781911284611

    Tomb of Sand WINNER International Booker Prize 2022

    Geetanjali Shree (Tr. Daisy Rockwell)

    £12.00

    The Bread the Devil Knead – WOMEN’S PRIZE 2022 SHORTLIST by Lisa Allen-Agostini | 9781912408993

    The Bread the Devil Knead – WOMEN’S PRIZE 2022 SHORTLIST

    Lisa Allen-Agostini

    £8.99

    Monkey Boy – The Pulitzer Prize 2022 Finalist by Francisco Goldman | 9781611854428

    Monkey Boy – The Pulitzer Prize 2022 Finalist

    Francisco Goldman

    £9.99

    Palmares – The Pulitzer Prize 2022 Finalist by Gayl Jones | 9780349015248

    Palmares – The Pulitzer Prize 2022 Finalist

    Gayl Jones

    £8.99

    The Netanyahus – The Pulitzer Prize 2022 Winner by Joshua Cohen | 9781913097608

    The Netanyahus – The Pulitzer Prize 2022 Winner

    Joshua Cohen

    £12.99