The Resource The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock

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The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock
Title
The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock
Statement of responsibility
Imogen Hermes Gowar
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Language
eng
Summary
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction • A Refinery 29 Favorite Book of the Year • A Booklist Top 10 First Novels of the Year • A People Best Book of the Fall"Wonderful... completely transporting." —Madeline Miller, New York Times bestselling author of Circe and The Song of Achilles In 1780s London, a prosperous merchant finds his quiet life upended when he unexpectedly receives a most unusual creature—and meets a most extraordinary woman—in this much-lauded, atmospheric debut that examines our capacity for wonder, obsession, and desire with all the magnetism, originality, and literary magic of The Essex Serpent.One September evening in 1785, Jonah Hancock hears an urgent knocking on his front door near the docks of London. The captain of one of Jonah's trading vessels is waiting eagerly on the front step, bearing shocking news. On a voyage to the Far East, he sold the Jonah's ship for something rare and far more precious: a mermaid. Jonah is stunned—the object the captain presents him is brown and wizened, as small as an infant, with vicious teeth and claws, and a torso that ends in the tail of a fish. It is also dead.As gossip spreads through the docks, coffee shops, parlors and brothels, all of London is curious to see this marvel in Jonah Hancock's possession. Thrust from his ordinary existence, somber Jonah finds himself moving from the city's seedy underbelly to the finest drawing rooms of high society. At an opulent party, he makes the acquaintance of the coquettish Angelica Neal, the most desirable woman he has ever laid eyes on—and a shrewd courtesan of great accomplishment. This meeting sparks a perilous liaison that steers both their lives onto a dangerous new course as they come to realize that priceless things often come at the greatest cost.Imogen Hermes Gowar, Britain's most-heralded new literary talent, makes her debut with this spellbinding novel of a merchant, a mermaid, and a madam—an unforgettable confection that explores obsession, wonder, and the deepest desires of the heart with bawdy wit, intrigue, and a touch of magic
Summary
When one of his trading vessels returns to 18th-century London with the remarkable body of a mermaid, Jonah gains entry into high society and falls in love with a highly accomplished courtesan, with unexpected consequences
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StDuBDS
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Gowar, Imogen Hermes
Dewey number
  • 823.92
  • 823.92
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Fantasy
  • Fiction
  • Literature
  • Historical Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock
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Publication
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
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electronic
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Isbn
9780062859976
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optical disk
Label
The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock
Publication
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9780062859976
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Specific material designation
optical disk

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