The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock

A History in Three Volumes

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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.

Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780062859952
0062859951
Branch Call Number: GOWAR I
Characteristics: v, 487 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Mermaid & Mrs. Hancock

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This is an absolutely stunning debut novel. I was transported to 18th century England by Gowar's imagery and was legit sad to finish this book. Bright future for this author!

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LPL_LeahN Dec 01, 2018

Mr. Hancock is a savvy, play it safe businessman and lonely widower. Angelica Neal is a beautiful, infamous courtesan serving the elite of London society. Their paths would never cross under normal circumstances, but when Mr. Hancock acquires a strange and rare treasure, weird is the new normal. ... Read More »


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LPL_LeahN Dec 01, 2018

Mr. Hancock is a savvy, play it safe businessman and lonely widower. Angelica Neal is a beautiful, infamous courtesan serving the elite of London society. Their paths would never cross under normal circumstances, but when Mr. Hancock acquires a strange and rare treasure, weird is the new normal.

I can't believe this is a debut novel. What?! It is perfection. I was lost in 18th century England from the very first page. Gowar's imagery is second to none and her spin on the mythology of the mermaid is so original and compelling. One of those books I was sorry to finish.

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