By: Lousie O'Neill
Location: FIC ONE
Genre: Retelling Fantasy
“We are women. And women are warriors, after all.”
“I'm beginning to wonder that if, when we call a woman crazy, we should take a look at the man by her side, and guess at what he has done to drive her to insanity.”
“It is your father who has insisted on calling me a 'witch'. That's is simply a term that men give women who are not afraid of them, women who refuse to do as they are told”
Deep beneath the sea, off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father. On her first swim to the surface, she is drawn towards a human boy. She longs to join his carefree world, but how much will she have to sacrifice? What will it take for the little mermaid to find her voice? Hans Christian Andersen's original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens, with the stunning, scalpel-sharp writing and world building that has won Louise her legions of devoted fans. A book with the darkest of undercurrents, full of rage and rallying cries: storytelling at its most spellbinding.
"What O'Neill has done with The Surface Breaks is given the little mermaid both a name and a voice. Given a more authentic viewpoint of the story but still held true to that wonderfully dark fairytale sensibility of the original. She has crafted a beautiful reimagining of the story that feels more like a coming of age tale in this vein of bucking against a patriarchal society and it is a story of understanding who you are capable of becoming.' Emer