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Mermaid : a twist on the classic tale
Carolyn Turgeon
Adult Fiction TURGEON

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In Turgeon's surprisingly dark retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, two women pine for the affections of a prince: mermaid Lenia, who pulls Prince Christopher from the sea, and Margrethe, the princess of the rival kingdom, who witnesses the rescue from the convent where she hides from the war raging between their two kingdoms. Lenia, who falls instantly in love with the prince, sacrifices the sea, her voice, and her health to be with him on dry land. Meanwhile, Margrethe believes that marrying the prince would unite their kingdoms, but when she arrives to arrange it, she finds him already enraptured with Lenia. While he remains unaware that the girl he loves is also the mermaid who saved him, Margrethe recognizes her rival immediately and puts into motion a plan to send the ailing mermaid back to the sea and save her own ravaged kingdom. Turgeon has done a superb job of creating compelling characters and conflict from a story already familiar to readers. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful mermaid who fell in love with a human prince. She risked everything to be with him, sacrificing her voice and her tail.only to lose him to a rival: a real human princess. So goes Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Little Mermaid, the basis for Turgeon's (Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story) latest novel. The twist in this version is that it is told from alternating perspectives-we get the story as seen through the eyes of both the mermaid and the human princess. Where Turgeon excels is in her lyrical prose and ability to explore different points of view. In giving voice to Andersen's relatively anonymous human princess and contrasting her story with that of the mermaid's, Turgeon adds a mature depth to this classic tale of tragic love. The edges are softened; each character's motives and actions are more complex and less easily judged by the reader. The effect is absorbing, poignant, and heartbreaking. VERDICT Readers who love fairy tale retellings will find this fresh take difficult to put down.-Leigh Wright, Bridgewater, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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