MERMAIDS OF LAKE MICHIGAN is one of the most beautiful coming of age stories I have ever read. Perfect for young adult readers and people who have lived a full life. The writing is like a lovely tea party and the characters are so full and well imaged. The problems were real and inviting even though there was sadness, which rested in the heart.
Who are you like in your family tree? Will you manifest a life like that or will you be the mystery person on the tree; always doing your very own “thing”? Or do you have no family and must truly make your way in many situations and are you invested or maybe indifferent? What does you lifeline say?
MERMAIDS OF LAKE MICHIGAN is about a family who is with the Coast Guard attached to the Lake. Mom was the Coast Guard Princess of the parade and now has two daughters, one traditional and one wondering about what will come next. Elise is fascinated by the water, her town and reading all she can. She is not a social butterfly but does find a friend in the young woman who comes to live with Grandmother a few doors down. They have adventures and fall into love and ride the merry-go-round at the Carnival. Music draws them together.
Elise has a Great Grandmother too who seems to be apart of her that wants to share in her adventures. Great Grandmother was a wreck diver on Lake Michigan, she saw a mermaid, and truly her own spirit.
The story unwraps the mysteries of growing in a smooth language that draws one into the situation until you can feel as embarrassed as Elise or as concerned. The characters questioning brings us right to the “Aha” moment and then lets us in without saying a word. There is hope for the joy, which might just come with the realization. Secrets are exposed, are intimated, and revealed without saying a word.
There is definitely magic.
There is the tension found in the teenage life and tension of road trips that might now answer the questions. There is love, lots of love and not true abandonment.
This story is a lovely capsule of life and living and tells a story that might just lead you there-you know to see a mermaid! I just enjoyed every page.
TLC Book Tours sent me MERMAIDS OF LAKE MICHIGAN for review.
A CHARMINGLY BEAUTIFUL STORY
Suzanne Kamata was born and raised in Grand Haven, Michigan. She is most recently from Lexington, South Carolina, and now lives in Tokushima Prefecture, Japan with her husband and two children. Her short stories, essays, articles and book reviews have appeared in over 100 publications including Real Simple, Brain, Child, Crab Orchard Review, and The Japan Times. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times, and received a Special Mention in 2006. She is also a two-time winner of the All Nippon Airways/ Wingspan Fiction Contest, winner of the Paris Book Festival Award, and winner of the Half the World Global Literati Award for the novel.