|Pages/Publication Date:||384 / 2016|
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Griffin|
Young librarian Simon Watson lives alone in a house that is slowly crumbling toward the Long Island Sound. His mother, a circus mermaid who made her living by holding her breath, drowned in the very water his house overlooks, while his younger sister Enola ran off six years ago to join a traveling carnival. In Erika Swyler's debut novel (with illustrations by the author), Simon finds on his doorstep an 18th-century book containing reports of strange and magical things, including the drowning of a circus performer. Since then, generations of "mermaids" in Simon's family have died this way—always on July 24, which is only weeks away. Could there be a curse on the family? And can he get to the heart of the mystery in time to save Enola?