The Brides of Rollrock Island

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David Fickling Books, 2013 - Selkies - 306 pages
"Rollrock Island is a lonely rock of gulls and waves, blunt fishermen and their homely wives. Life is hard for the families who must wring a poor living from the stormy seas. But Rollrock is also a place of magic -- the scary, salty-real sort of magic that changes lives forever. Down on the windswept beach, where the seals lie in herds, the outcast sea witch Misskaella casts her spells and brings forth girls from the sea -- girls with long, pale limbs and faces of haunting innocence and loveliness, the most enchantingly lovely girls the fishermen of Rollrock have ever seen. But magic always has its price. A fisherman may have and hold a sea bride and 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 is. He will be equally ensnared. And in the end the witch will always have her payment"--Dust jacket. Suggested level: secondary.

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When she was little she knew she was different, she just didn't understand how she was different. There were those in town who would whisper as she passed, others with courage would openly scorn her ... Read full review

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3.5 stars. Well-written and well-told. Weird and, yes, haunting. Disturbing and yet sweet. And satisfying in the end. I’m probably going to be thinking about it for a while. And I might think it ... Read full review

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Margo Lanagan's novels and short story collections have excited readers the world over, and won many prizes, including four World Fantasy Awards - for 'Singing My Sister Down' (Best Short Fiction, 2005), Black Juice (Best Collection, 2005), Tender Morsels (Best Novel, 2009), and Sea-Hearts (Best Novella, 2010).

She lives in Sydney, Australia.

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