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The Mermaid of Black Conch by @moniqueroffey

By Pamelascott

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.

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DAVID BAPTISTE'S DREADS ARE GREY and his body is wizened to twigs of hard black coral, but there are still a few people around St Constance who remember him as a young man and his part in the events of 1976, when those white men from Florida came to fish for marlin and instead pulled a mermaid out of the sea. 1: SIMPLICITY

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(@peepaltreepress, 20 April 2020, 187 pages, paperback, bought from @AmazonUK)

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Roffey is one of my favourite writers. I've read and loved all of her books. I discovered her work because she was featured in an Open University course I did several years ago. I found out about thus book during an episode of Richard and Judy's lockdown reading show a couple of months ago and had to have it. I loved this book. I devoured it in one sitting. I've read and enjoyed a decent amount of fiction featuring mermaid mythology so was looking forward to reading Roffey's take on it. I loved this book. I was caught up in the story from the first page and couldn't stop reading. This is a very sad book and quite dark at times as Aycayia is targeted by the fishermen who originally catch her and later by other villagers who perceive her as a threat. The love between Aycayia and David brought a lump to my throat. I cried a lot reading this. I cannot recommend this book enough.

The Mermaid of Black Conch by @moniqueroffey

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