Winner of the 2013 CBCA for Older Readers & Shortlisted for the 2013 Stella Prize.
A mesmerising selkie novel from multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed Australian author, Margo Lanagan - one of the most exciting voices in speculative fiction.
A HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL NOVEL FROM THE WINNER OF FOUR WORLD FANTASY AWARDS.
'Why would I? People are uneasy enough with me - if I start bringing up sea-wives, they'll take against me good and proper.'
'It could be secret.'
On remote Rollrock Island, the sea-witch Misskaella discovers she can draw a girl from the heart of a seal. So, for a price, any man might buy himself a bride; an irresistibly enchanting sea-wife. But what cost will be borne by the people of Rollrock - the men, the women, the children - once Misskaella sets her heart on doing such a thing?
Margo Lanagan weaves an extraordinary tale of desire and revenge, of loyalty, heartache and human weakness, and of the unforeseen consequences of all-consuming love.
'Lanagan is in a class of her own.' The Weekend Australian
About The Author
Margo Lanagan is an internationally acclaimed writer of novels and short stories. Her collections of short stories have garnered many awards, nominations and shortlistings. Black Juice was a Michael L. Printz Honor Book, won two World Fantasy Awards and the Victorian Premier's Award for Young Adult Fiction. Red Spikes won the CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, a Horn Book Fanfare title, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer's Prize and longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Her novel Tender Morsels won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and was a Michael L. Printz Honor Book for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. Margo lives in Sydney.
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Comments about Sea Hearts:
Lanagan writes beautifully, no doubt about it. Her language may challenge some young readers, though, because she creates the atmosphere of her odd environments by playing with the rhythm and conventions of language. I loved reading this book but I wouldn't say it was easy to begin with. However, the story is intriguing and thought provoking. I would not recommend this to lazy readers, but if you have a teenager who is bored with predictable dime-a-dozen storylines, this will be a meaty alternative.
Comments about Sea Hearts:
Sea Hearts is wonderful, in all senses of the word. It's a dark, moody, storm-wracked book of love, longing, desire, and wickedness. Its central character, Misskaella the sea-witch, is one of the most powerful fictive creations I've read in quite some time. Her story - and that of the selkies and the men who covet them – is heartbreaking in its sadness, yet also so hauntingly beautiful, so filled with the sweeping rhythm of the sea, and pierced here and there with shafts of light, that the lingering feeling is one of awe and wonderment.
For Ages: 15+ years old
For Grades: 9 - 10
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 1st February 2012
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 13.8 x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1