Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Mermaid of Brooklyn by Amy Shearn

Review by Charlotte Lynn

Jenny Lipkin is mom of two little girls and wife of Harry.  When Harry calls to say he is stopping for cigarettes and then doesn’t come home her life is turned upside down.  Jenny was overwhelmed with her life before Harry left, now that he is gone she reaches her breaking point.  Contemplating suicide by jumping off a bridge, Jenny changes her mind and trips off the bridge.  A mermaid comes to her and brings her back to life and helps her live her life again.

This is a book that took me some time to get into but when I did I could not put it down.  Amy Shearn hit the nail on the head when telling the story of a day in the life of a stay at home mother of two babies.  Add to that the stress of not knowing if your husband will ever be home again and you will sympathize with Jenny.  While Jenny starts off rough she got her act together and figured out how to kepe living, even using a talent she took for granted to earn extra money.

I loved the setting of Park Slopes.  An area were kids must get into the right preschools and mothers must have it together all the time.  The fact that most of this story takes place at Prospect Park gave me great scenes to imagine while reading.  Trying to imagine the small apartment that costs a fortune with all the supplies that babies and toddlers need made me appreciate my small but spacious house.  Especially the part of walking up stories of stairs while carrying the baby, the stroller, and everything else a simple outing requires.

If your look for a story with some surprising magical twists this is a story for you.  I will recommend this. 

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