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'a dynamic portrait of love, greed, race and slavery'

Written by Eric Karl Anderson for the Lonesome Reader on Wednesday, June 17, 2020

This may be a novel about a mermaid but it's definitely not a Disney tale. At the centre of this story is the destructive effects of female jealousy, the dizzying impact of heartfelt passion and the deleterious legacy of colonialism on a fictional Caribbean island. Monique Roffey is a writer whose work I enthusiastically follow because her books are so varied and creative.


One of the things I appreciate most about Roffey's writing is its sympathetic frankness in depicting these characters' sexuality and the honest way they wrestle with their own internalised prejudices. This is the kind of sex-positive, non-judgemental storytelling which opens up dialogue and helps the reader to think about these subjects from a variety of angles.

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