Sailor Twain: Or: The Mermaid in the Hudson (Hardcover)

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By Mark Siegel, Mark Siegel (Illustrator)
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Staff Reviews


A fabulous and fantastical yarn set on a riverboat in the Hudson River, the story and the art both seem particularly suited to the winter, for some reason. So full of longing, this one, for people who have left and also a longing to believe in one's own fantasies. (Emily)

— From Emily

A fabulous and fantastical yarn set on a riverboat in the Hudson River, the story and the art both seem particularly suited to the winter, for some reason. So full of longing, this one, for people who have left and also a longing to believe in one's own fantasies. (Emily)

— From Emily

Description


A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

One hundred years ago. On the foggy Hudson River, a riverboat captain rescues an injured mermaid from the waters of the busiest port in the United States. A wildly popular--and notoriously reclusive--author makes a public debut. A French nobleman seeks a remedy for a curse. As three lives twine together and race to an unexpected collision, the mystery of the Mermaid of the Hudson deepens.

A mysterious and beguiling love story with elements of Poe, Twain, Hemingway, and Greek mythology, drawn in moody black-and-white charcoal, Sailor Twain is a study in romance, atmosphere, and suspense.

Sailor Twain is one of The Washington Post's Top 10 Graphic/Comic Reads of 2012

About the Author


Mark Siegel was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and raised in France. He graduated from Brown and lives in New York.

Mark is the author and illustrator of several award-winning picture books and graphic novels, including Seadogs, Long Night Moon, To Dance, Moving House, and Sailor Twain, which author John Irving called “a gripping novel with compelling characters, enhanced by haunting, erotically charged artwork.” Mark’s latest project is the collaborative graphic novel 5 Worlds, an epic science-fiction series for young readers. The New York Times Book Review hails it as “ . . . a bang-zoom start to a series that promises to be epic in both the classical and internet senses of the word. . . this is a capital-S Saga.”


Mark is also the founder, and Creative and Editorial Director of First Second Books, Macmillan’s graphic novel house. First Second offers an ambitious collection in every age category, in a wide range of themes and styles, with talent from all over the world. First Second has garnered an unmatched array of literary awards, starred reviews and bestsellers—including for the original works of National Book Award Finalist and Printz Winner Gene Luen Yang, and beloved bestselling titles such as This One Summer, Real Friends, Spill Zone, The Adventure Zone and many more. Mark has appeared before thousands of librarians and educators to speak about the graphic novel renaissance.

Mark has given lectures and workshops internationally and all around North America, for authors, artists, librarians, students, executives in many venues, at tradeshows, companies, Comic Cons, and animation studios, including Blue Sky, Dreamworks, Disney, and Pixar, for both creative and executives.


More at www.marksiegelbooks



Mark Siegel was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and raised in France. He graduated from Brown and lives in New York.

Mark is the author and illustrator of several award-winning picture books and graphic novels, including Seadogs, Long Night Moon, To Dance, Moving House, and Sailor Twain, which author John Irving called “a gripping novel with compelling characters, enhanced by haunting, erotically charged artwork.” Mark’s latest project is the collaborative graphic novel 5 Worlds, an epic science-fiction series for young readers. The New York Times Book Review hails it as “ . . . a bang-zoom start to a series that promises to be epic in both the classical and internet senses of the word. . . this is a capital-S Saga.”


Mark is also the founder, and Creative and Editorial Director of First Second Books, Macmillan’s graphic novel house. First Second offers an ambitious collection in every age category, in a wide range of themes and styles, with talent from all over the world. First Second has garnered an unmatched array of literary awards, starred reviews and bestsellers—including for the original works of National Book Award Finalist and Printz Winner Gene Luen Yang, and beloved bestselling titles such as This One Summer, Real Friends, Spill Zone, The Adventure Zone and many more. Mark has appeared before thousands of librarians and educators to speak about the graphic novel renaissance.

Mark has given lectures and workshops internationally and all around North America, for authors, artists, librarians, students, executives in many venues, at tradeshows, companies, Comic Cons, and animation studios, including Blue Sky, Dreamworks, Disney, and Pixar, for both creative and executives.


More at www.marksiegelbooks

Praise For…


“This extraordinary work of fiction pushes the graphic novel well beyond its previous limits. The narrative takes us on many journeys through space and time, but is more than a mere tale. It's about past and present, the absolute importance of myth, of language, of stories themselves. In superb words and drawings, it also explores obsession and love in a way that is original to the genre, and to literature itself. In the best sense, the completed work succeeds in a very difficult task: making the reader more human. Bravo!” —Pete Hamill

“Addictive.” —Rachel Maddow

“Wow. Fabulous.” —Robin McKinley

“A gorgeous piece of work about moral conflicts, romantic distress, and fishy secrets.” —Laura Kipnis

“A romance in the truest sense of the word, Sailor Twain is a marvel of graphical beauty and complex, intelligent storytelling. Siegel creates a misty, magical Hudson river that is somehow realer and truer and more seductive and many fathoms deeper than the real thing.” —Lev Grossman

“I had a most engaging voyage on the doomed Lorelei, and I much enjoyed meeting young Captain Twain -- not to mention the mermaid in the Hudson. This is a gripping novel with compelling characters, enhanced by haunting, erotically charged drawings.” —John Irving

“Siegel's illustrations underscore the multiple themes of deceit and deception: softly blurred charcoal riverscapes transform the Hudson into a proving ground for dark magic, and the doe-eyed characters are nowhere near as innocent as they look. You're never too old for a well-told fairy tale.” —BCCB

“Absolutely not to be missed.” —Booklist, starred review



Product Details
ISBN: 9781596436367
ISBN-10: 1596436360
Publisher: First Second
Publication Date: October 2nd, 2012
Pages: 400
Language: English