The Mermaid Quilt & Other Tales

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About the author:
Beth Camp attended eight high schools and as many colleges on the west coast of the U.S. She's worked as an international banker and an English teacher, and now writes novels, poetry, and short stories (publications include Camroc Press Review and Fickle Muses). A love of international travel and the industrial revolution led her to Scotland to research settings for Standing Stones in the Orkneys, Inverness and Edinburgh. Standing Stones took second place at the 2010 Pacific Northwest Writers Association literary contest. She currently writes happily in Washington State, ready to travel at a moment's notice with her husband to parts unknown.

The Mermaid Quilt & Other Tales

Authored by Beth Camp

Mermaids permeate this collection of short stories and poems: A grieving artist sleeps under a mermaid quilt. A mermaid argues with a scholar. A pottery maker's daughter befriends a mysterious stranger. A cowboy falls in love with the last mermaid. Two young girls purchase a carved mermaid at a garage sale. A mermaid finds respite in a tree. And we discover what mermaids like to eat.

From the frozen Arctic to Mexico, Scotland, Russia, Brazil, and the suburban United States, these delicate stories and poems, sometimes funny, sometimes dark, shaped by myth from long ago, speak of love, revenge, and redemption. Written for adults, they unravel the heart songs of people who have been buffeted by life. They reinforce our yearning for something good and beautiful, and they reveal a fragile line between reality and magic.

Readers have called these stories and poems, "beautiful, lyrical, touching." One reader noted, "Camp has a lovely knack for capturing human emotions in a way that is both fresh (the writing) and familiar (the sense of having lived through the same things the character is living through, even if you haven't). Take this book to the coast on a stormy weekend, sit by the fire, and enjoy a real treat."

Publication Date:
1479180971 / 9781479180974
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Fantasy / Short Stories

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