The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan

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The Brides of Rollrock Island was originally published... under the title "Sea-Hearts". Lanagan has now expanded the work into a longer novel, something that is often a bad idea, and yet she has produced a fine book.
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On remote Rollrock Island, men go to sea to make their livings—and to catch their wives.

The witch Misskaella knows the way of drawing a girl from the heart of a seal, of luring the beauty out of the beast. And for a price a man may buy himself a lovely sea-wife. He may have and hold and keep her. And he will tell himself that he is her master. But from his first look into those wide, questioning, liquid eyes, he will be just as transformed as she. He will be equally ensnared. And the witch will have her true payment.

Margo Lanagan weaves an extraordinary tale of desire, despair, and transformation. With devastatingly beautiful prose, she reveals characters capable of unspeakable cruelty, but also unspoken love.
 

About Margo Lanagan

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MARGO LANAGAN is an internationally acclaimed writer of novels and short stories. She is a two-time Printz Honor winner and a three-time World Fantasy Award winner. Ms. Lanagan lives in Sydney, Australia, and can be found online at amongamidwhile.blogspot.com and on Twitter as @margolanagan.










Author Residence: Sydney, Australia
 
Published September 11, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 322 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Marcus Sedgwick on Feb 10 2012

The Brides of Rollrock Island was originally published... under the title "Sea-Hearts". Lanagan has now expanded the work into a longer novel, something that is often a bad idea, and yet she has produced a fine book.

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