In 1785, a London merchant anxiously awaits the return of his trading vessel. Hoping for a ship laden with riches from the Far East, he is aghast when his captain finally appears with the news that he has sold Jonah’s ship in exchange for something more precious - a mermaid! Jonah is stunned—the object 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.
What follows is a delicious, bawdy tale, an adventure and a love story that completely captures the imagination. In her unique voice, the author explores the dreams we make and the dreams we chase and the dreams that can betray us. A great story! Robin Harvey
Red, White, Blue, Lea Carpenter
Red, White, Blue is an intricate, fiercely intelligent and beautifully written novel that explores the murky world of the CIA and the moral minefields that face those who work in secret to protect the country. In brief chapters the story of Noel, brilliant, charming and one-time spy, unfolds through the alternating voices of Anna, his daughter, and an unnamed protégé. Piece by piece, Carpenter brilliantly assembles a complex story of divided loyalties, broken promises, and the struggle to find meaning and love in a compromised world. An amazing book! Sheila Daley
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