The Seas (Hardcover)
I first read "The Seas," by Samantha Hunt, in the summer of 2019 and have been haunted by its sparse, stunning prose ever since. Think myth and fantasy meets the horribly human and mundane, a hurricane of young love to the point of neurosis in all its scaly, fleshy wonder. Is our unnamed narrator really a mermaid, as she claims to be, or is she sick? I’ve come to think that may not be the crux of the story, but rather, what stops you from believing? Prepare to be shipwrecked.— Claudia
Rather than suffer the contortions of becoming a woman and accepting her father's apparent suicide, the narrator convinces herself she is a mermaid and escapes her dreary, northern town life via a fantastic myth.