The Mermaid of Black Conch

The Mermaid of Black Conch

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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.

Title:The Mermaid of Black Conch
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781845234577
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    The Mermaid of Black Conch Reviews

  • Adina

    Now shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness PrizeWinner of the Costa Prize for Best Novel, Shortlisted for Goldsmiths and Rathbones Folio Prize. Book 3/10As you can see above, this novel does no...

  • Paul Fulcher

    Deservedly 2020's most heralded novel - Winner of the Costa Prize for Best Book and for Best Novel, Goldsmiths Prize shortlisted, shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize, shortlisted for the Novel s...

  • Gumble's Yard - Golden Reviewer

    Now shortlisted (the fabulous) 2021 Republic of Consciousness Prize as well as winner of the (rather better known) 2020 Costa Book of The Year prize and previously shortlisted for the 2020 Goldsmith P...

  • BookOfCinz

    Updated February 23, 2021 I re-read this for Book Club and I enjoy it so much. How did I forget about raining fish?! Either, way... this is a book club pick and one of my favorite books for 2020. ÔÇ...

  • Julie Ehlers

    As I said to my book group, anytime a character encounters a fearsome, mythic sea creature and their first thought is basically, "I'd like to get with that," the entire novel should then be devoted to...

  • Hugh

    Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2020Shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize 2021This book is an imaginative poetic fantasy built on the mythology and history of the Caribbean, that I ...

  • Roman Clodia

    ... but there are still a few people round St Constance who remember him as a young man and his part in the events in 1976, when those white men from Florida came to fish for marlin and instead pul...

  • Eric Anderson

    This may be a novel about a mermaid but it's definitely not a Disney tale. At the centre of this story is the destructive effects of female jealousy, the dizzying impact of heartfelt passion and the d...

  • David

    There were many things I was primed to discuss in my review of Monique Roffey's The Mermaid of Black Conch, none of it very favorable. Then I read the About The Author section, which states that "Her ...

  • Lucy Langford

    4.5****Old woman, pretty woman, both rejects. Womanhood was a dangerous business if you didnÔÇÖt get it right.This book was so bittersweet and beautiful, the ending pages almost left me crying.This is...