This magical tale is rich in details
and a delight for the senses. A feisty
woman with an unusual gift narrates, while a host of vivid characters --
each with old secrets and personal
pain -- drives the story. Hopkinson effortlessly weaves together the disparate threads of these characters
into a rich tapestry. The local legend about sea people transforms the story, taking it in an unexpected direction. This book represents a powerful escape from reality, but if the reader is not fully invested in the story, it can be a little unbelievable.

The death of Calamity's father changes her life drastically. But the beginning of menopause brings the return of an old gift -- the ability to find lost things. She recovers insignificant items like her old brooch and toy truck, and when she finds a young boy injured on the beach, Calamity's life is changed in ways she could never have imagined. (WARNER, Feb., 336 pp., $23.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jennifer R. Wells-Marani