Monday, March 11, 2013

Sailor Twain by Mark Siegel

Mark Siegel'Sailor Twain or, The Mermaid in the Hudson is a haunting graphic novel for adults set in the 19th century. Elijah Twain captains the Lorelei, a steamboat owned by the Lafayette brothers. One of the brothers disappears under mysterious circumstances, and the other undertakes the simultaneous seduction of several women on board ship. Meanwhile, Captain Twain becomes embroiled in a fateful chain of events when he rescues an injured mermaid.

Ancient curses, star-crossed lovers and dangerous secrets all play a part in this unusual tale with a fascinating cast of characters. Siegel's moody charcoal drawings are gorgeous too.

Readalike: Set to Sea (Drew Weing); The Brides of Rollrock Island (Margo Lanagan).

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