THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler

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THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika SwylerThe Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
Published by Macmillan, St. Martin's Press on June 23rd 2015
Pages: 352
Genres: Family Life, Fantasy, Fiction, General, Literary
eARC provided by Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley, St. Martin's Press

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I came across this book at auction as part of a larger lot I purchased on speculation. The damage renders it useless to me, but a name inside it led me to believe it might be of interest to you or your family....
Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone in a house that is slowly crumbling toward the Long Island Sound. His parents are long dead. His mother, a circus mermaid who made her living by holding her breath, drowned in the very water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, ran off to join the circus six years ago.
One June day, an old book arrives on Simon's doorstep. Fragile and water damaged, the book is a log from the owner of a traveling carnival in the 1700s, who reports strange and magical things-including the drowning death of a circus mermaid. Since then, generations of "mermaids" in Simon's family have drowned-always on July 24, which is only weeks away.
As his friend Alice looks on with alarm, Simon becomes increasingly worried about his sister. Could there be a curse on Simon's family? What does it have to do with the book, and can he stop it in time to save Enola?

 

This story had my attention right from the start. Never mind what I thought it would be about, I was completely off. This book tells two complex stories. One is running in present day, one is far in the past but it’s influence is still being felt. The book which brings these time […]