March 21, 2018 by TinyNavajo
The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
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This was such an interesting book…I didn’t expect it to be so interesting. It deals with old-time circuses, an old-time family curse, mermaids and the ability to hold one’s breath. It also deals with books, libraries, and those who love old books.
“I came across this book at auction as part of a larger lot I purchased on speculation. The damage renders it useless to me, but a name inside it led me to believe it might be of interest to you or your family….”
Simon Watson is a librarian in a small town who lives in a crumbling dying house. His mother, a circus mermaid who made her living by holding her breath for minutes at a time. She also lost her life in the nearby water. Simon’s little sister then ran away to the circus six years ago. One summer, Simon receives a book in the mail from an old bookseller, stating that due to water damage he is unable to sell it but he found a name in it that lead him to Simon. As Simon looks through the book, he sees generations of his family recorded in it, generations of drowning mermaids.
Simon’s little sister comes back to visit, he realizes that July 24th is the day the mermaids drown. With his little sister back, Simon tries to figure out what is wrong before his little sister is claimed by the curse, wanting to keep his family safe. Will he be able to break the curse? Or will his sister drown?
This was such an interesting book. It was recommended for me because of my interest in The Night Circus, and I’ll say this, it was an excellent recommendation. Old style circuses, family histories, what appears to be an old curse acting out, this is a book that I didn’t truly expect to enjoy.
What book did you read that you didn’t expect to enjoy? Comment below and let me know!