A HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL NOVEL FROM THE WINNER OF FOUR WORLD FANTASY AWARDS. 'Why would I? People are uneasy enough with me - if I start bringing up sea - wives, they'll take against me good and proper.' 'It could be secret.' 'Could it?'On remote Rollrock Island, the sea - witch Misskaella discovers she can draw a girl from the heart of a seal. So, for a price, any man might buy himself a bride; an irresistibly enchanting sea - wife. But what cost will be borne by the people of Rollrock - the men, the women, the children - once Misskaella sets her heart on doing such a thing? Margo Lanagan weaves an extraordinary tale of desire and revenge, of loyalty, heartache and human weakness, and of the unforeseen consequences of all - consuming love.'Lanagan is in a class of her own.' The Weekend Australian
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Margo Lanagan
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
ISBN 10: 1742375057
Publication Date: 01 February 2012
Recommended Age: From 15
Audience: Young adult , Teenage / Young adult
Publisher's Status: Active
Availability: In Print
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Amelia writes: After the first section of Sea Hearts I was curious. After the second section I was intrigued. After the third section I was absolutely hooked and had no intention of putting the book down until I'd finished it. If this review sounds sycophantic at all, it's because I am completely head over heels for this book. Rollrock Island is a rather desolate place to live. Foggy and bleak, the island is host to a remote village of fishermen, their wives and children. Misskaella, a sea witch, discovers she has the power to coax a girl from the heart of a seal. For a price (to be determined by Misskaella) the men of Rollrock may get a seal-wife. The moment she emerges from her skin, her chosen man will fall under her spell and she won't return to the sea so long as he keeps her from her sealskin. Once one man has a sea-wife brought up from the waves, the other men are powerless to resist the temptation. Told through many different eyes, in segments which are beautiful enough to be short stories on their own, we witness a few generations pass as Misskaella works her magic. We see the effects of her work on the men, women and children of Rollrock Island. This one is not just for fantasy readers but for anyone in search of stunningly beautiful prose. Sea Hearts is a haunting tale which will enchant all who read it.
Margo Lanagan is an internationally acclaimed writer of novels and short stories. Her collections of short stories have garnered many awards, nominations and shortlistings. Black Juice was a Michael L. Printz Honor Book, won two World Fantasy Awards and the Victorian Premier's Award for Young Adult Fiction. Red Spikes won the CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer's Prize and longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Her novel Tender Morsels won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.
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