The Book of Speculation

The Book of Speculation

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2015
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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, a young librarian, lives alone in a house that is slowly crumbling toward the Long Island Sound. His parents are long dead. His mother, a circus mermaid who made her living by holding her breath, drowned in the very water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, ran off to join the circus six years ago.One June day, an old book arrives on Simon's doorstep. Fragile and water damaged, the book is a log from the owner of a traveling carnival in the 1700s, who reports strange and magical things-including the drowning death of a circus mermaid. Since then, generations of "mermaids" in Simon's family have drowned-always on July 24, which is only weeks away.As his friend Alice looks on with alarm, Simon becomes increasingly worried about his sister. Could there be a curse on Simon's family? What does it have to do with the book, and can he stop it in time to save Enola? The Book of Speculation is Erika Swyler's gorgeous and moving debut, a wondrous novel about the power of books, family, and magic.
Publisher: New York : Macmillan Audio, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781427267429
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: audio file,rda
1 online resource (11 audio files) : digital
Additional Contributors: Fliakos, Ari

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lindamoos
Dec 27, 2015

This was a riveting novel. It had a good mix of the old (history of the librarian's family) with the present life of the librarian. If you liked the Night Circus you would enjoy this novel.

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JaneMM
Sep 29, 2015

Interesting story - drags a bit at times. Anyone with an interest in Tarot cards, libraries, magic, circuses and family heirlooms will enjoy this book. The person reading the story did a great job with different voices for the characters. I will look out for any future books by the same author.

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