The Mermaid of Brooklyn

A Novel
CD - unabridged
Audio (10 discs)
Product Number: DD7353
Released: Apr 02, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781470844486
Narrator/s: Hillary Huber
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In this beautifully written novel that blends the whimsy of The Time Traveler's Wife with an indelible portrait of motherhood, a young woman strives to pick up the pieces after her husband mysteriously leaves-and she finds strength from the unlikeliest of allies. Jenny Lipkin is an average, stretched-too-thin Brooklyn mom tackling the challenges of raising two children in a cramped Park Slope walk-up and bonding with the other moms about breast-feeding while spending endless hours in Prospect Park. All she really wants is to survive the sweltering New York summer with a shred of sanity intact. But when her husband Harry, a compulsive gambler, vanishes one evening without a word, Jenny finally reaches her breaking point. In a moment of despair, a split-second decision changes her life forever. Pulled from the brink by an unexpected-and as it turns out, sometimes annoying-supernatural ally, Jenny is forced to rethink her ideas about success, motherhood, romance, and relationships. Confronting her inner demons-of both the mermaid and nonmermaid variety-is no easy task, and eventually Jenny has to come to terms with who she truly is, for better or worse.

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Author(s): Amy Shearn
Narrator(s): Hillary Huber
Product Number Z100097459
Released: Jun 21, 2015
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ISBN: #9781483061528
Author(s): Amy Shearn
Product Number EB00563172
Released: Sep 11, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Touchstone
ISBN: #9781451678291

Professional reviews

"A young mother's interminable exhaustion as she cares for two infants by herself becomes distressingly vivid in Shearn's novel. Jenny Lipkin is a Brooklyn mom who is trying to survive a sweltering New York summer. When her husband vanishes one evening, Jenny is driven to act rashly--and is pulled back from the brink by a supernatural ally. Hillary Huber lends an absorbing interpretation to her portrayal of Jenny, infusing bitter sarcasm into her every thought and word. She also delivers the hoarse tones of cigarette-smoking Brooklyn natives, the twang and stressed syllables of Jenny's Jewish mother-in-law, and the bored bewilderment of Jenny's estranged husband. Insightful, imaginative, and often hilarious, this grown-up fairy tale is sure to enchant as magic meets reality, transforming what comes next with heartfelt wit and keen vision. A.W. "