The Seas

Samantha Hunt

£8.99

Jo says: 
First published in 2004, this could easily have been released yesterday. It is the story of a young girl who believes she is a mermaid, whose father, a sailor, was lost at sea. She is desperately in love with Jude who is a war veteran and twice her age. This book is dreamlike and otherworldly, flipping between reality and unreality like a fish on land, it resides within a liminal world where metaphor, myth, language and meaning swirl together to create something almost entirely new. Hunt blurs boundaries, merging human and non human worlds while an impending (climate?) catastrophe shadows over the narrative as a huge wave. The narrator’s world is defined by waiting, longing and absence, yet the clarity of her emotional perception is fierce, as Maggie Nelson suggests in the introduction, ‘human emotion can be read as an elemental force’ and therefore considered as a new type of realism. Desire, longing, loneliness, chaos, this is world building at its most sad and its most beautiful. A must.

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The narrator of ‘The Seas’ lives in a tiny, remote, cruel seaside town. She is in love (unrequited) with an Iraq War veteran 13 years her senior and is also convinced that she is a mermaid. What she does to ease the pain of growing up lands her in prison. What she does to get out is the stuff of legend.

The Seas took me back to how I felt as a kid, when you’re newly falling in love with literature, newly shocked by its capacity to cast a spell…” Maggie Nelson

“[It] blew me away because of the beauty of the language . . . I found myself highlighting about 85% of the book for the language. It is so beautifully written” Jodi Picoult

Moored in a coastal fishing town so far north that the highways only run south, the unnamed narrator of The Seas is a misfit. She’s often the subject of cruel local gossip. Her father, a sailor, walked into the ocean eleven years earlier and never returned, leaving his wife and daughter to keep a forlorn vigil. Surrounded by water and beckoned by the sea, she clings to what her father once told her: that she is a mermaid.

True to myth, she finds herself in hard love with a land-bound man, an Iraq War veteran thirteen years her senior. The mesmerizing, fevered coming-of-age tale that follows will land her in jail. Her otherworldly escape will become the stuff of legend.

With the inventive brilliance and psychological insight that have earned her international acclaim, Samantha Hunt pulls readers into an undertow of impossible love and intoxication, blurring the lines between reality and fairy tale, hope and delusion, sanity and madness.

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Weight0.194 kg
Dimensions20 × 13.7 × 1.5 cm
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