The Surface Breaks

by Louise O’Neill

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Retellings of fairy tales add much needed female and modern perspectives to age-loved tales. One of my favourite anthologies is Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber. Young Adult fiction has also explored numerous tales from Beastly by Alex Flinn to Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Louise O’Neill, author of the YA book Asking for It and the adult book, Almost Love, lends her perspective to Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid.

Muirgen has grown up as the sixth daughter to the Sea King and his favourite. Being his favourite has its costs: she is expected to look beautiful, sing on demand and be agreeable to him on every occasion. She and her sisters grow up amidst a back drop of fear for their father and his powers. On her sixteenth birthday Muirgen is allowed to break the surface for the first time. Whilst she is there she falls in love with the human, Oliver, and rescues him from a shipwreck and the clutches of the Rusulka, risking the wrath of both her father and the sea witch. …


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