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The Book of Speculation - A Novel

Erika Swyler

"Dazzling...[a] quirky, raucous, and bewitching family saga." --Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone in a house that is slowly crumbling toward the Long Island Sound. His parents are long dead. His mother, a circus mermaid who made her living by holding her breath, drowned in the very water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, ran off six years ago and now reads tarot cards for a traveling carnival. One June day, an old book arrives on Simon's doorstep, sent by an antiquarian bookseller who purchased it on speculation. Fragile and water damaged, the book is a log from the owner of a traveling carnival in the 1700s, who reports strange and magical things, including the drowning death of a circus mermaid. Since then, generations of "mermaids" in Simon's family have drowned--always on July 24, which is only weeks away. As his friend Alice looks on with alarm, Simon becomes increasingly worried about his sister. Could there be a curse on Simon's family? What does it have to do with the book, and can he get to the heart of the mystery in time to save Enola? In the tradition of Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus, and Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian, The Book of Speculation is Erika Swyler's moving debut novel about the power of books, family, and magic.

"Dazzling...[a] quirky, raucous, and bewitching family saga." --Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone in a house that is slowly crumbling toward the Long Island Sound. His parents are long dead. His mother, a circus mermaid who made her living by holding her breath, drowned in the very water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, ran off six years ago and now reads tarot cards for a traveling carnival. One June day, an old book arrives on Simon's doorstep, sent by an antiquarian bookseller who purchased it on speculation. Fragile and water damaged, the book is a log from the owner of a traveling carnival in the 1700s, who reports strange and magical things, including the drowning death of a circus mermaid. Since then, generations of "mermaids" in Simon's family have drowned--always on July 24, which is only weeks away. As his friend Alice looks on with alarm, Simon becomes increasingly worried about his sister. Could there be a curse on Simon's family? What does it have to do with the book, and can he get to the heart of the mystery in time to save Enola? In the tradition of Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus, and Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian, The Book of Speculation is Erika Swyler's moving debut novel about the power of books, family, and magic.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

"Dazzling...[a] quirky, raucous, and bewitching family saga." --Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone in a house that is slowly crumbling toward the Long Island Sound. His parents are long dead. His mother, a circus mermaid who made her living by holding her breath, drowned in the very water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, ran off six years ago and now reads tarot cards for a traveling carnival. One June day, an old book arrives on Simon's doorstep, sent by an antiquarian bookseller who purchased it on speculation. Fragile and water damaged, the book is a log from the owner of a traveling carnival in the 1700s, who reports strange and magical things, including the drowning death of a circus mermaid. Since then, generations of "mermaids" in Simon's family have drowned--always on July 24, which is only weeks away. As his friend Alice looks on with alarm, Simon becomes increasingly worried about his sister. Could there be a curse on Simon's family? What does it have to do with the book, and can he get to the heart of the mystery in time to save Enola? In the tradition of Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus, and Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian, The Book of Speculation is Erika Swyler's moving debut novel about the power of books, family, and magic.

Language:

English

Narrators:

David Pittu, Katherine Kellgren, Ari Fliakos

Length:

11h 42m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:39


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

24:44


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

29:42


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

34:55


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

30:43


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

22:12


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

16:36


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

33:47


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

17:21


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

25:48


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

19:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

20:47


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

16:50


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

32:33


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

20:38


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

30:38


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

18:04


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

23:02


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

16:59


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

28:30


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

11:59


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

24:25


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

17:19


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

21:54


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:27


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

17:35


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

19:17


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

25:35


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

31:37


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

38:01


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

15:28


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:37