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by Nalo Hopkinson

Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy

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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

Publisher: Warner

Published: February 2007

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