The Surface Breaks: a reimagining of The Little Mermaid
Louise O'Neill, Paola Escobar
30 years after Disney’s The Little Mermaid movie was released, it’s
time for a feminist reimagining for a new generation.
“A masterpiece” Marian Keyes “A fierce torrent of a book, raging
and forceful and gripping. I was swept away” Kiran Millwood Hargrave
“Her prose cuts and rages and her vision of the Sea Witch
is truly transformative” The Observer. Think you know the story
of the Little Mermaid? Think again… Deep beneath the sea, off
the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom
from her controlling father. On her first swim to the surface,
she is drawn towards a human boy. She longs to join his carefree
world, but how much will she have to sacrifice? What will it take
for the little mermaid to find her voice? Hans Christian Andersen’s
original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist
lens, with the stunning, scalpel-sharp writing and world building
that has won Louise her legions of devoted fans. A book with
the darkest of undercurrents, full of rage and rallying cries: storytelling
at its most spellbinding.
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