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The Mermaid Girl: A Story

The Mermaid Girl A Story From Erika Swyler author of The Book of Speculation one of BuzzFeed s Best Fiction Books of a short story of a mermaid who ran away from the circus and what happened when she started a life on

  • Title: The Mermaid Girl: A Story
  • Author: Erika Swyler
  • ISBN: 9781250118851
  • Page: 233
  • Format: ebook
  • From Erika Swyler, author of The Book of Speculation one of BuzzFeed s Best Fiction Books of 2015 a short story of a mermaid who ran away from the circus, and what happened when she started a life on land.Before she was a suburban wife and mother, Paulina Watson was the Mermaid Girl of Carnival Lareille She traveled everywhere with two boxes the first with red sequinsFrom Erika Swyler, author of The Book of Speculation one of BuzzFeed s Best Fiction Books of 2015 a short story of a mermaid who ran away from the circus, and what happened when she started a life on land.Before she was a suburban wife and mother, Paulina Watson was the Mermaid Girl of Carnival Lareille She traveled everywhere with two boxes the first with red sequins for the dress she wore as a magician s assistant, the second with green sequins for her mermaid tail She d grown up on wild stories told by wild circus people Books, she hadn t had books until she d found Daniel Watson and stopped moving.The first time Daniel saw her, Paulina was floating in a glass tank, suspended in water that sparkled like it was made from night sky She has settled down now, living in a house on a cliff on Long Island Sound with Daniel and their young family six year old Simon and his baby sister, Enola But if you steal the magician s assistant from a carnival, how can you know if she ll disappear

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    1. The problem with stealing the magician's assistant from a carnival was that you were always waiting for her to disappear.The problem with marrying the mermaid girl from the carnival was knowing that one day she'd swim awayis is just a teensy short story prequel to the swyler's novel, The Book of Speculation. it features daniel and paulina, the parents of the narrator from t.b.o.s.; characters who do not directly appear in the novel, for reasons. despite being so short, this story really packs a [...]

    2. The problem with marrying the mermaid girl from the carnival was knowing that one day she'd swim away.3.5 starsThis is a beautiful short story that is part of a world created by a novel, The Book of Speculation, that I have not read. And because of this little fact, I can't really give this story more than 3.5 stars. I have a feeling if I'd read the novel already this would have been a much higher rating, but alas I never do anything right.There is some absolutely gorgeous writing here and for o [...]

    3. Super short story as prequel to The Book of Speculation in which we meet Paulina, mother of Simon and Enola. In the novel we had learned that she drowned, eventhough she was a 'mermaid':(from TBOS) "Paulina, my mother, was a circus and carnival performer, fortune-teller, magician’s assistant, and mermaid who made her living by holding her breath. She taught me to swim like a fish, and she made my father smile. She disappeared often. She would quit jobs or work two and three at once. She stayed [...]

    4. The problem with marrying the mermaid girl from the carnival was knowing that one day she’d swim away."In the dark morning hours, the ritual of paper against paper was calming, even if she couldn’t always feel the edges of the cards. Shuffling, cutting, was as automatic as braiding her hair, tying her shoes, or wiping a smudge away with spit and a thumb. She asked questions. Michel had taught her that all cards came with questions, whether reading tarot, playing poker, or doing magic. "The w [...]

    5. I won this in a giveaway! This a cute short story (a prequel to Erika Swyler's debut novel, "The Book of Speculation"). Swyler's writing style has this beautiful and poetic quality to it. She's a natural storyteller. I found myself completely immersed in the book's protagonist, Paulina Watson. "The Mermaid Girl" is sweetly sublime, and now I'm 100% interested in reading, "The Book of Speculation". This novella was so much fun to read. I loved it. :)

    6. I really wish I would have read this short story directly after I finished The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler, which by the way was phenomenal and an instant favorite. I feel like if I had I would have connected more to this story. Yet even still, Swyler's prose is breathtaking and vivid. Her characters are paintings, and their stories are songs. I strongly doubt I'd ever say that reading anything she's penned was a bad choice.

    7. I received a copy of this via NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review.This was a beautiful little read that has me itching to read The Book of Speculation of which this is the prequel to.Paulina was the mermaid at the circus - she was the assistant to the magician Michel Lareille, who she saw as a grandfather. She felt safe at the circus. Always on the move. This short story sees her as a wife and mother. Stuck in one place she keeps getting cripping headaches. We get to see flashbacks [...]

    8. I won this on a give away. Actual rating is 3.5 stars.This short story is a prelude to Erika Swyler's book The Book of Speculation. The writing had a lovely, almost poetic way about it which centers around Paulina, The Mermaid Girl who had traveled with the Carnival Lareille, who reminisces about her life as she raises her two children.

    9. I enjoyed this poignant tale that tells us more about Simon's mother and father. I loved its lyricism, how true the characters rang and the story it told.

    10. I requested this assuming it was a new novel from the author of The Book of Speculation, which I missed out on last year. What it actually is, though, is a short story prequel. This meant that I spent the whole time trying to figure out who the characters were and how they were connected, so I did not get much out of this at all. However, I did like this passage: “Headaches were like birds. Starlings. They could be perfectly calm, then a single acorn could drop and send the entire flock to the [...]

    11. This is a prequel story to Erika Swyler’s novel, The Book of Speculation, which I have not read. Nevertheless I was enchanted from the first page of this little novella. It is short, thirty-some pages, but it is definitely not short on charm, and a little bit of magic. I am now very anxious to read The Book of Speculation.Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press, NetGalley, and to author Erika Swyler for this delightful story.

    12. A very quick read and a wonderful addition toI shifted back and forth a bit as to whether I was liking this or not, but I'm such a huge fan of "TBOS" that I quickly fell in love with this little prequel. I'd love for everyone to read and enjoy this, however I'd highly recommend that "The Book of Speculation" be read first. If not than I feel this won't be appreciated as much as it should be. I read and loved "TBOS", St. Martin's Press had an awesome offer and bookish gift of the tarot cards last [...]

    13. I won this book in a Giveaway.This book felt more like an advertisement for the full length novel, The Book of Speculation by the same author. I feel like if I had read the novel first which was published first, I wouldn't have gained anything to help me with the short story that is this book.The book was quite frustrating and confusing at times because for a short story, I felt like I was being dragged back and forth either through time periods, or different events going back and forth. I thin [...]

    14. Sweet when it takes bites out of you this prequel is lovely, I admit I liked this more than the novel. It's short but a powerful little story. "As harsh as outside noises were, the ones that came from inside were worse." I highlighted favorite lines, as I obsessively do and was surprised how much I did for so short a story. I was punched in the gut with all the thoughts Paulina had, moment to moment. And can I just add that the cover is lovely? I wish this was longer- I found myself seduced by t [...]

    15. This is the story of Paulina, the mother of Simon and Enola from The Book of Speculation. I read this immediately after finishing The Book of Speculation, and I am glad I read the book before this story. I felt like there were little clues and hints you would only get if you read the book first. I did not find this story quite as interesting as the book, maybe because I knew how Paulina's life would end. I do think the story is good to read as further insight into the lives of Simon and Enola.

    16. While the subject of the story seemed interesting at first, I found the story hard to follow, because it seemed to skip around too much. The writing was good, but I felt it lacked continuity in the storyline and depth of the characters. I received this book as a giveaway in exchange for my honest review.

    17. This book is short. Like chapter length short but that's what it's intention was I believe. To be an epilogue of sorts for the main book, The Book of Speculation. That is the reason it took me so long to get my review on here. I had trouble thinking of a review for such a short little read.The reason for this is because I wanted something adequate for it. This may be short but it is packed full of gorgeous writing. The imagery in it is stunning and Swyler clearly has a talent for words. I imagin [...]

    18. I won a copy of The Mermaid Girl from a Giveaway.When I requested a copy, I thought it was for a new novel. Also, I did not realize the author is also the author of The Book of Speculation, a book I did not like though the premise excited me initially.The Mermaid Girl is a very short prequel to The Book of Speculation. I was able to remember a few bits and pieces from The Book of Speculation yet the only thing I really remembered was how disappointed I felt after finishing it.There are some bea [...]

    19. I stumbled upon this at a bookstore, printed together with the first chapter of The Book of Speculation. It is short and leaves you with questions, as I find most short stories do. But I didn't even mind. It was just so beautifully written. I found myself pausing now and then to appreciate how beautifully a sentence or paragraph had been crafted. Sometimes you made love to a man because you wanted your body to feel something other than the aches and pains of use. Sometimes you made love to a man [...]

    20. I won this book from .As a young girl Paulina was part of a Carnival. She grew up playing the part of a Mermaid in a tank of water. She is now an adult, married with two children living on Long Island. She seems to be unhappy in her life and not quite sure what to do about it. Danny, her husband, loves her very much, but he too can't seem to bring her happiness, even though she says she is. Her life seems to be lacking something. The book says it is a prequel to The Book of Speculation which I h [...]

    21. I won a copy of The Mermaid Girl on Giveaways. This diminutive booklet held a special interest for me since I had already read and loved The Book Of Speculation by Erica Swyler. This is a very delicate and lovely short story that adds just a bit more background and interest to her novela very enjoyable read.

    22. Won in a Giveaway.I guess I'll be rereading this after I've read The Book of Speculation since I'm totally lost. A lot of reviewers said you won't get anything out of it until after you read The Book of Speculation. Then it will make sense. It was a weird little story by itself.

    23. The Mermaid Girl provides readers with an extremely intimate view of relationships. The relationship between a husband and wife. The relationship between a mother and her children. The relationship between a woman and her past. Paulina Watson can still remember the sparkle of the sequins that she was charged with sewing on to her costumes when she served as one of the star attractions of the Carnival Lareille.Red, for the dress she wore at the side of grandfatherly magician and carnival owner, M [...]

    24. "She shut her eyes and knew that if she wished, she could count the days, the hours, since she'd last pricked her finger to make herself shine."The Mermaid Girl is a beautifully crafted novella, full of stunning imagery.Paulina was once a part of Carnival Lareille, the spectacular mermaid girl, bewildering the audience with her glittering tail and the ability to stay underwater for a long time. Until she met Daniel who swept her away and offered her a normal, settled down life. But even though P [...]

    25. From other reviewers I now understand why it would have been better reading this small prequel to The Book of Speculation after I’ve read the full novel (The Book of Speculation that is). Still this Kindle single gives me a thorough taste of the author, Erika Swyler’s immense talent.Swyler’s writing evokes such strong emotions, on a visceral and palpable level. There’s a welcoming depth and complexity to the two main characters, Paulina and Daniel Watson. You can’t help but be extremel [...]

    26. My thanks to St. Martin's Press and Giveaways for sending me a copy of this book for review!This was a beautifully written short story (and prequel to The Book of Speculation, which I haven't read.) about Paulina Watson, who grew up on the road with a traveling carnival and later a circus. From age thirteen she was the "Mermaid Girl" swimming underwater for hours at a time wearing a red sequined mermaid tail. One day she falls in love and gets married to Daniel, and spends years trying to find [...]

    27. Please check out all of my reviews at ultraviolentlit!This is a short little prequel to Swyler's 2015 novel The Book of Speculation. It tells the story of Simon and Enola's mother Pauline - a mermaid who ran away from the circus to start a family of her own. The relationship between Pauline and her husband Daniel is touching, as are her interactions with six year old Simon, who begs her to tell circus stories in the middle of the night. I have not yet read The Book of Speculation, but reading th [...]

    28. I won a giveaway!!! I feel like the dad in a "Christmas Story" when he won his major award! This book was sent to me for free! Having put that disclaimer, I laughed hysterically when the book arrived. I failed to look at the details such as the page count. My sister says it is a pamphlet. It is a tiny little short story. For such a meager page count, it really has a lot of draw. It reminded me of one of my favorite authors Alice Hoffman. It is most like her book "the Museum of Extraordinary Thin [...]

    29. This story was all over the place. A lot of times, it would be in one setting for just one paragraph, and in another in the next, and another in the next. I get that this is a short story, but I still think the skipping around was a little excessive. It made it hard to follow. I actually read this out loud to my mom, and she seemed pretty confused at times, because she couldn't see all the breaks - I could see all the breaks and was still a little confused at times. It did end up having a good t [...]

    30. I haven't read "The Book of Speculation" which this short story is a prequel to, but I don't think I lost anything from this. That said, I have added it to my reading after reading this, as if "The Mermaid Girl" is anything to go by, it should be well worth a read.Erika Swyler's prose is really wonderful, with this fairy tale in reverse of a circus performer who spends all her time as a mermaid in a tank, but who falls in love and hangs up her sequined tail to get married and have babies with a [...]

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