Title: The Sea Singer
Author: Shome Dasgupta
Published: February 25th 2016
Publisher: Accent Press
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Length: 160 pages
Source: PDF from the publisher
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
There was a voice once that sang the ocean to sleep…March is born in April, just as the sun is setting. A singing baby who cannot sleep, she sets Kolkaper on edge. The Town Council orders scientists to take her away and study her at the Cave Forest, a place for freaks like her. Acting quickly, March’sparents send her away to the distant town of Koofay. But March’sdestiny is tied to that of Kolkaper. She must return to save the city from itself. An enchanting fable about love and faith and accepting the odd ones among us.
I first heard about this book after picking up a button for Accent Press at the YALC event in London last year and finding out more about their company online. They have a small collection of books coming up for publication and this one in particular caught my eye when looking through their catalogue.
Following a young girl who has never slept and sang as soon as she was born,The Sea Singer is a magical tale that transports you into a world filled with people who fear the unknown and different and shun people who exhibit traits as such. When March’s parents fear for her safety, they send her to live with friends of friends in a far off land until such a time as they could reunite.
I was intrigued to see how this story would work and was pleasantly surprised when I started reading. The narrative has a simplicity to it that make it easy to lose yourself in the story. The fact that the story itself is quite short, it makes for a light, quick read that’s perfect for a break between heavier reads or just as something a little different that won’t take a long time to read.
March was an interesting character and I enjoyed seeing her journey from being a small child sent away, to losing the only parents she knew and travelling to where she was born after discovering letters from her real father, and rediscovering her birth parents. Although the ending might not have been quite the way she would have like, March has such a beautiful life full of exciting and unique people and it was wonderful to follow along on that journey.
A fantastic read with magic and whimsy to lose yourself in.
About the Author
Shome Dasgupta lives in Lafayette, LA. He is the author of i am here And You Are Gone (Winner Of The 2010 OW Press Fiction Chapbook Contest), and The Seagull And The Urn (HarperCollins India, 2013) which will be republished in the UK by Accent Press as The Sea Singer (2016). His stories and poems have appeared in Puerto Del Sol, New Orleans Review, NANO Fiction, Everyday Genius, Redivider, Magma Poetry, and elsewhere. His fiction has been selected to appear in The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing Anthology (&Now Books, 2013). His work has been featured as a storySouth Million Writers Award Notable Story, nominated for The Best Of The Net, and longlisted for the Wigleaf Top 50.
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