American Mermaid

Julia Langbein


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American Mermaid by Langbein, Julia
Regular price $28.00
Regular price Sale price $28.00
A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF THE YEAR - "Sublime." --New York Times Book Review

"Brilliantly sharp, funny, and thought-provoking, the gripping story of a woman trying to find her way in our chaotic world." --Madeline Miller, bestselling author of Circe

Broke English teacher Penelope Schleeman is as surprised as anyone when her feminist, eco-warrior novel American Mermaid becomes a best-seller. But when Hollywood insists she convert her fierce, androgynous protagonist into to a teen sex object in a clamshell bra, strange things start to happen. Is Penelope losing her mind, or has her fictional mermaid come to life, enacting revenge against society's limited view of what a woman can and should be?

American Mermaid follows a young woman braving the casual slights and cruel calculations of a winner-take-all society and discovering a beating heart in her own fiction: a new kind of hero who fights to keep her voice and choose her place. A hilarious story about deep things, American Mermaid asks how far we'll go to protect the parts of ourselves that are not for sale.

Publisher: Doubleday Books
Published: 03/21/2023
Pages: 336
Weight: 1.45lbs
Size: 9.49h x 6.39w x 1.30d
ISBN: 9780385549677

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 10/01/2022 pg. 9
Publishers Weekly 01/23/2023
Booklist 02/01/2023 pg. 17
Kirkus Reviews 02/15/2023
Shelf Awareness 03/31/2023

About the Author
JULIA LANGBEIN, a sketch and standup comedian for many years, holds a doctorate in Art History and is the author of a non-fiction book about comic art criticism (Laugh Lines, Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2022). She wrote the viral comedy blog The Bruni Digest (2003-7), which reviewed New York Times critic Frank Bruni's restaurant reviews every week and has since written about food, art and travel for Gourmet, Eater, Salon, Frieze and other publications. A native of Chicago, she lives outside of Paris with her family.