Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Mermaids Singing - The Friday56 and Book Beginnings on Friday

The Mermaids Singing
The Mermaids Singing by Lisa Carey is a beautifully written, lyrical book about three generations of women in Ireland (and the U.S.) However, although the book was only 288 pages long, it seemed longer--probably because it was dense with long sections of narrative. The author did an excellent job of description and she took me inside each woman's head. I enjoyed the story, and I'm glad I read the book.

It is only at night now that she has the strength to wander. Rising quietly, so as not to disturb her love, Grace pulls a sweater over her pajamas, slips her feet into running sneakers. Stephen had bought her the sneakers to wear in the hospital after she refused to put on the regulation blue foam slippers.

Friday 56 (from 56% on my Kindle):
His black hair curled and glittered around his ears and neck; his face beamed white, as if the moon were just beneath his skin; his dark eyes were a warm liquid texture that seemed to shift within itself, capturing and retreating from the light. He smiled at her and her insides cracked, the clotted fear squeezed aside, making room.

Genre: Literary Fiction / Saga
Length: 288 Pages
Amazon Link: The Mermaids Singing

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  1. Hi Sandra,

    After checking out the synopsis for this one, I still can't decide if it is something I would enjoy. However your featured lines captivated and captured me enough to check it out further in the first place, so it surely has to be worth a try! I love this style of descriptive writing and intense narrative, that I can lose myself in.

    Thanks for the feature and have a great weekend,


    1. The author went deep inside her characters. I enjoyed that.

  2. One of my housemates is obsessed with mermaids so anything that bears the name always ends up in her hands! But this definitely sounds like a good read! Thanks for sharing :) Hope you have a good weekend!
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

    1. The book mostly takes place on a small island on the west coast of Ireland called Inis Muruch (the Island of Mermaids), so that's where its title came from.

  3. I had this in my TBR pile for quite a while and then gave it away, unread. Your snippets intrigue me enough that I may see if my library has it.

  4. I like the sound of this one. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I am curious about this one. I like the excerpts you shared....and here's MY FRIDAY POST

  6. Oh what a gorgeous cover and the title is devine. Wonderful prose too. What a great share. And I agree our moods do influence what we read. have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by my blog.


  7. Beautiful cover. Your excerpt has me curious, but seems very sad. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting.

  8. That is a pretty cover!

    I might have to check this one out.

  9. Sounds lovely so far!

    Happy weekend!

  10. It sounds interesting. I love a book where you can get inside the characters' heads. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  11. It sounds like a interesting book to read. Thanks for visiting.

  12. I love mermaids so count me in for this one. Does it has mermaids in it, doesn't it???
    Lovely choice
    Ruty@THE FRIDAY 56

  13. This book sounds very good. I love stories about generations of women.

    THANKS for sharing and for stopping by my blog.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  14. Mermaids? And such lovely descriptive writing ... !

  15. Irish, mermaids, and an intriguing lad in the Friday 56??? Sign me up! I want to read it.

    Linking from Freda's Voice,
    Ricki Jill

  16. Island of Mermaids! So cool! I love stories about mermaids and I'm increasingly believing that they exist! This sounds like an interesting book, and I would definitely love to visit Ireland and this Island of Mermaids! =)


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