The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan (Knopf) The Most Thrilling Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Coming in September!
We’ve already written about this book as part of the vanguard of a new trend towards mermaid novels. This book earned raves when it came out in the U.K. earlier this year, and now it’s finally coming to the States. Once one man in a small fishing village succeeds in marrying a beautiful, obedient selkie from the ocean, every other man wants one as well — creating a booming business for the witch who tames them. Too bad for the human women who are spurned as a result. Soon enough, the men and their selkie wives are having half-human children. What happens when all the men marry sea creatures?

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