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'The Book of Speculation' by Erika Swyler: EW review

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The Book of Speculation

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Erika Swyler
publisher:
St. Martin's Press
genre:
Novel

We gave it a B

While a book whose narrative hinges on drowning might not seem like a great beach read, Swyler’s debut effort, redolent of salty ocean air, is just that. This imaginative story of a centuries-old curse that stalks a family of mermaids and circus freaks does get weighed down by coincidence and a particularly flat character. But its clever plot—fueled by a musty book and a powerful set of tarot cards—and Swyler’s wonderful descriptions keep the pages swimming along. B