The Mermaids Singing

The Mermaids Singing

by Lisa Carey
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The Mermaids Singing by Lisa Carey

There is an island off the west coast of Ireland called Inis Murúch -- theIsland of the Mermaids -- a world where myth is more powerful than truth, and love can overcome even death. It is here that Lisa Carey sets her lyrical and sensual first novel, weaving together the voices and lives of three generations of Irish and Irish-American women.

Years ago, the fierce and beautiful Grace stole away from the island with her small daughter, Gráinne, unable to bear its isolation. Now Gráinne is motherless at fifteen, and a grandmother she has never met has come to take her back. Her heart is pulled between a life in which she no longer belongs and a family she cannot remember. But only on Inis Murúch can she begin to understand the forces that have torn her family apart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061895975
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/07/2009
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 30,142
File size: 741 KB

About the Author

Lisa Carey is the author of The Mermaids Singing, In the Country of the Young, and Love in the Asylum. She lived in Ireland for five years and now resides in Portland, Maine, with her husband and their son.

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Mermaids Singing 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a depressing story filled with unhappy women from one generation to the next. Was also a slow read with the poetry, celtic myths and mind thoughts etc thrown in throughout the book. I finished it, but just barely. Do not know what the rave reviews were all about. Would not recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want to waste a few days reading about resentful hateful women, by all means read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book. One of my favorites. Always love to reread it.
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redkitty More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book. I enjoyed all the characters and I definitely didn't think there was too much sex. It really gets you thinking about relationships and how no matter how hard you try to not be like your parents with your own children - there usually is a lot of them in you.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read almost all of the reviews raving about this book and can't figure out for the life of me what made this the best book anyone ever read! There was too much (explicit) sex. I certainly am no prude and reading about it doesn't bother me, but why was it necessary to go into such detail about every sexual encounter? The whole story was just too far fetched for my likes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel was gripping and from the first chapter on I was hooked. The characters are well developed and the author provides many examples of how difficult it is for them to be strong. Captivating and filled with a gripping sense of reality and descriptive scenes that tie in to the plot, this book is one of the best I have read in awhile.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a great book. Ever since I read it has become my favorite book. The main characters have such strong personalities and are so independant, they captivate you, that's what I love about it. It has tragedy, romance, all the good stuff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have not wasted my money on buying this book. From the very first page of the novel, you feel like you are there witnessing every detail of the three heroines' lives. I've learned a lot from this story and Miss Lisa Carey have made a wonderful book full of hope and a good moral lesson to share. Keep it up miss lisa! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is poetic epic that draws you in and holds you fascinated till the very end. You feel like you know each character personally, and you don't want the book to end. Definately one of the best books I've ever read, and I will continue to read any book Lisa Carey puts out. She is an amazingly skilled new writer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best book I have ever read. I was almost sad when I was finished. I didn't want the book to end. I love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Almost immediately, I was drawn into the world of Grace, Grainne and Cliona. Each woman is beautifully drawn, and I felt like I was in the skin of each one. What a tragic, beautiful story of love lost, and mistakes made. Having lost my mother, I understood how Grainne felt when she never got the chance to say goodbye, and feel lucky that I was there at her bedside when she passed. Lisa Carey is a major talent, and I look forward to reading more of her books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love to read about Ireland. I think it is one of the most fascinating places on Earth. To read a story about mother/daughter relationships set there was a treat. All three of the women in this book have some quality that most women can relate to. I found I had more in common with Grainne, probably since she closer to my age. However, I found Grace a little hard to like. Althought I can understand her motivations, her actions are hard to feel sympathy for. Still, this is a good book for anyone who likes to read about the complex relationships between mothers and daughters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book about the relationships between mothers, daughters, and granddaughters. It takes a while to understand the unique writing style that Ms. Carey adopts in this novel, but it works extreamely well in telling the three stories that intermix and it certainly keeps you on your toes. I recomend this book to anyone that is looking to find out who they are, where they belong, and why they are where they are. In addition to being a 'can't put it down book' it really makes you think. I loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never read a book that was so... just absolutely perfect. Everything about this book, literally was perfect. It was by far the best book I've ever read. I cried my eyes out through the whole thing... I laughed my butt off through the whole thing. I made all of my friends read the book and they all feel the same way. If you haven't read it then please do. I even made my English teacher ( a 40 year old man) read it and he cried in class while reading it during SSR. It's reallly the best book ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read a lot and i have never read such an outstanding book! This is my all time favorite book. i can not wait to read her next book. i am making all my friends read it, and i know they'll love it as much as i did.
sinlessbeauty116 More than 1 year ago
the book captures my attention right from the first page, and it continues to do so throughout the entire novel, buy why only a 3 stars rating? the story lacked compassions, and i believe the novel values sensuality a bit too much, i wouldnt recommend anyone under the age of 18 to read this. And at certain times it strikes anger in me when i am reading this book, the closure wasnt strong enough, it shouldve ended differently and the Sex in the book is unncecessary, and in some way it seems as if the book is promoting sexuality....but all in general the book is a good read, quite entertaining and at times touching..the characters are interesting and you can feel yourself drawn to each and everyone of them closely, Lisa Carey did a great job on making the book entertaining and fast pace, i look forward to her next book