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The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey

The Mermaid of Black Conch: A Love Story

Monique Roffey

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Imprint: Peepal Tree Press Ltd
Publisher: Peepal Tree Press Ltd
Publication date: 2 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9781845234577
5 stars out of 5
11 May 2020

"What makes the novel sing is how Roffey fleshes out these mythical goings-on with pin-sharp detail from the real world"

What makes the novel sing is how Roffey fleshes out these mythical goings-on with pin-sharp detail from the real world, as Aycayia, hidden away in David’s bedroom, navigates the perils (and pleasures) of life on land. After her tail rots, she relearns to walk in an old pair of David’s green suede Adidas. Her nostrils bleed “all kind of molluscs and tiny crabs”. David worries that the smell and the noise of her wordless song might attract nosy neighbours, not least Priscilla, whose mean-spirited meddling injects a dose of malevolent comic energy into the action.

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