The Book of Speculation

The Book of Speculation

Audiobook CD - 2015
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"Dazzling... a] quirky, raucous, and bewitching family saga." --Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants

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 six years ago and now reads tarot cards for a traveling carnival.

One June day, an old book arrives on Simon's doorstep, sent by an antiquarian bookseller who purchased it on speculation. 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 get to the heart of the mystery in time to save Enola?

In the tradition of Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus, and Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian, The Book of Speculation is Erika Swyler's moving debut novel about the power of books, family, and magic.

Publisher: New York :, Macmillan Audiobook,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ℗2015
ISBN: 9781427261434
Characteristics: 9 audio discs (11.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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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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