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by Elizabeth Stuckey-French

  • Author: Elizabeth Stuckey-French
  • ISBN: 0385498942
  • ISBN13: 978-0385498944
  • ePub: 1816 kb | FB2: 1979 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Literary
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (June 18, 2002)
  • Pages: 272
  • Rating: 4.8/5
  • Votes: 509
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Mermaids on the Moon: A Novel ePub download

As a young woman, Grendy swam her way to fame in the kitschy underwater pageants of Mermaid Springs, a premier attraction of pre-Disney Florida. As a young woman, Grendy swam her way to fame in the kitschy underwater pageants of Mermaid Springs, a premier attraction of pre-Disney Florida.

Mermaids on the Moon has been added to your Cart. Elizabeth Stuckey-French combines the quirkiness of pop culture with the seriousness of coming to terms with oneself in this novel, which engages the reader from the first word to the last

Mermaids on the Moon has been added to your Cart. Elizabeth Stuckey-French combines the quirkiness of pop culture with the seriousness of coming to terms with oneself in this novel, which engages the reader from the first word to the last. Complex characters, vivid settings and descriptions, and ever increasing tension make this one of the best stories I've read in a long time.

Elizabeth Stuckey-French is the author of the novel Mermaids on the Moon and the story collection The First Paper Girl in Red Oak, Iowa. Category: Suspense & Thriller.

Elizabeth Stuckey-French is the author of two novels, The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady and Mermaids on the Moon, as well as a collection of short stories, T. .e First Paper Girl in Red Oak, Iowa. With Janet Burroway she is co-author of Writing Fiction: A Guide to the Narrative Craft. She teaches fiction writing at Florida State University.

As a young woman, Grendy swam her way to fame in the kitschy underwater pageants of Mermaid Springs, a premier attraction of pre-Disney Florida.

Mermaids on the Moon. by Elizabeth Stuckey-French. Elizabeth Stuckey-French combines the quirkiness of pop culture with the seriousness of coming to terms with oneself in this novel, which engages the reader from the first word to the last

Mermaids on the Moon. Complex characters, vivid settings and descriptions, and ever increasing tension make this one of the best stories I've read in a long time

Elizabeth Stuckey-French is an American short story writer and novelist. Stuckey-French was born on September 2, 1958, in Little Rock. She grew up in the town of Lafayette, IN.

Elizabeth Stuckey-French is an American short story writer and novelist. She was a James A. Michener Fellow at the Iowa Writers Workshop; she graduated with an MFA in 1992.

Elizabeth Stuckey-French’s new novel, The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady, is the sort of.

Elizabeth Stuckey-French’s new novel, The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady, is the sort of book that one devours quickly and then thinks, I’ll have another just like that, please. There’s something wonderfully un-categorizable about The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady.

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Elizabeth Stuckey-French welcomes you to Mermaid Springs–a sparkling, bubbly world where secretive mermaids swim, a psychic cat gives mysterious messages, and Elvis still reigns.As a young woman, Grendy swam her way to fame in the kitschy underwater pageants of Mermaid Springs, a premier attraction of pre-Disney Florida. When she met her minister husband, North, she hung up her fins and moved with him to the Midwest. Thirty-six years later, a reunion of the Mermaids of Yesteryear brings Grendy and North back to Mermaid City, where they decide to purchase a second home. In no time at all, Grendy lands a starring role in the "Mermaids on the Moon" Labor Day spectacular, and life seems very good indeed. So when Grendy suddenly goes missing, leaving only a cryptic note behind, her daughter, France, goes to Mermaid City to find out what happened. While taking over care of her erratic six-year-old nephew, Theo, who is most affected by Grendy’s disappearance, France explores the odd circles her mother moved in. Grendy’s fellow Mermaids of Yesteryear–or "merhags"–are forthcoming about every detail of their friendship except her disappearance, and they seem much more interested in convincing France to step into her mother's fins for the big Labor Day show. As France grows more concerned that her mother may have been a victim of foul play, she makes extraordinary discoveries about Grendy and wonders why the mermaids still talk about the night Elvis came to town.With Elizabeth Stuckey-French's "wonderfully original voice and zest for offbeat characters" (Chicago Tribune), Mermaids on the Moon is a delightful immersion in a bracingly fresh novel with just the right mix of sly wit and warmth.
Nagis
As a huge fan of the Weeki Watchee mermaids since teenager-dom, and now a performing mermaid myself, I was super eager to read this story (after getting a taste of its plot from the back cover). But unfortunately, this didn't turn out to be the artful, interesting mermaid-centric mystery I was hoping it would be. It has some lovely moments (often moments describing scenery or remembered moments from the characters' past), it largely felt.. clunky and abrupt.. as if it were a story written by an ambitious tenth-grader. One moment you're getting well-written tableaus of places n' lost moments in time, and the next, wooden and rather painfully awkward runs of thought description and even more painfully awkward dialogue. I don't know if this is the author's first book and they've simply to hone their craft, or if I've just grown used to books feeling and flowing a certain way, but the overall POV & general rationale of the main character felt abrupt, choppy, out-of-left-field and jarring. There seemed to be very little causality in the writing, to me. (Ie. Woman trips over coffee table, stubs toe, cusses, and learns not to walk through her living room in the dark. Instead it was more like Woman trips over coffee table, stubs toe, barks like a dog and moves to India, and we as readers have no idea why.)

Mind, I -loved- the descriptions of the whole mermaid behind-the-scenes environment, the bond between the "merhags," and witnessing France gradually overcoming her fears, and I totally dug the interpersonal relationships they tried to hint at & illustrate here, but by the end, I wanted even more to hear about what would happen -after- the story than caring what had happened during it, and I rather doubt that was the author's primary intent.

Overall, in the ways of subject matter I'd give the story a B, scenery and flashbacks an A, but overall writing style, story arc, flow and readability a C. France seemed bizarrely slow and irrational, and as a protagonist through what was set up to be a mystery, that was kinda painful to muddle through. The characters were illustrated well and you got a great flavor for each of them, but the climax I found highly unsatisfying, and frankly, I hope someone writes a sequel, so I can have more time to digest why the heck France was so suddenly okay w/everything and leaving FL, hear about Theo's diagnosis and treatment, and get to "watch" the next few mermaid shows n' hang out w/the rest of the "merhags" more. ;) I just hope there's more thoughtfulness and thought progression in the next book. :)
Jothris
France, a 30-something divorced woman, gets a call from her father, North, saying that her mother, Grendy, has disappeared. Although North seems unconcerned--Grendy has left a note, and North expects that she'll be back eventually--France decides that she needs to find her mother, and so she travels down to Florida to do so. Gerdy had been performing a water show with a small group of other older "mermaids" who have revived their girlhood careers. France is drawn to these women, certain that the answers to her mother's disappearance lie underwater. During her search, France is faced with the care of Theo, the 6-year old son of her deceased sister who appears to have major behavioral problems. In addition, she finds herself confronting the past, including her father's transgressions, her sister's untimely death, and her own mistakes, including an unhappy marriage.
This is an interesting story filled with quirky characters. Some, like France's long-time boyfriend, Bruno, make only brief appearances, whereas others, such as the mermaids, are more fully developed. At times, the relationships amongst the characters are a bit muddled--for example, France seems to be annoyed with Bruno most of the time, yet she frequently mentions how happy he makes her, which is not clearly reflected in the storyline. Overall, however, this book is a quick read that's both unique and enjoyable.
Trex
This book was so refreshing! I initially bought it because I have always had a fascination with the "mermaid city" my mom has always told me stories of that she used to visit as a child in Florida. I even decorated my room as a child from her vintage postcards from Weeki Wachi Springs, FL (I am assuming this novel is based on this place). I adored reading this book. The characters are so fun and you really get to know them, you want to be their friend, you want to be a "merhag". This is a perfect read for your day at the pool or on your next beach vacation! I can't wait for her next novel!
Xanna
I really enjoyed this book. If a place like Mermaid City doesn't already exist, it should! The only complaint I have, is Fran's relationship with Bruno wasn't really developed, but the rest of the characters make up for it. I also enjoyed Sisterwoman, and wish she had used that more, but the stories she told with her, really contributed to the story and character development. I highly recommend this book, especially since it is a very quick read!
Black_Hawk_Down.
I really wanted to like this book, but I found myself consistently disappointed by the underdeveloped characters and lackluster descriptions. For such a quirky story, the writing could have been far *more* quirky. Awkward plot transitions and predictable twists didn't help, either.

I bought this book for five dollars, and I'm glad I didn't spend more on it. This could have been a very imaginative, original story, but the author didn't seem to know what to do with it. I left this story feeling like I only knew one character: Theo. The others remained frustratingly indistinct, and all the mermaids and Hardy Boy references floating through the text couldn't change that.
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Elizabeth Stuckey-French combines the quirkiness of pop culture with the seriousness of coming to terms with oneself in this novel, which engages the reader from the first word to the last. Complex characters, vivid settings and descriptions, and ever increasing tension make this one of the best stories I've read in a long time. I had a hard time putting it down and strongly recommend it. I look forward to reading more of this talented author's work.
Risteacor
I enjoyed this book very much. It has much the same feel as Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood, though perhaps a bit less depressing. It doesn't bore the reader with cliche situations, but rather speaks to anyone who has dealt with family problems. I would recommmend this book to anyone that enjoys the type of drama that is based almost entirely on deep character interactions instead of plot twists.
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