• Publisher: Mariner Books (August 7, 2012)
In the tradition of Angela Carter, this luminous, spellbinding debut reinvents the stuff of myth.
Straying husbands lured into the sea by mermaids can be fetched back, for a fee. Trees can make wishes come true. Houses creak and keep a fretful watch on their inhabitants, straightening shower curtains and worrying about frayed carpets. A mother, who seems alone and lonely, may be rubbing sore muscles or holding the hands of her invisible lover as he touches her neck. Phantom hounds roam the moors and, on a windy beach, a boy and his grandmother beat back despair with an old white door.
In these stories, the line between the real and the imagined is blurred as Lucy Wood takes us to Cornwall’s ancient coast, building on its rich storytelling history and recasting its myths in thoroughly contemporary ways. Calling forth the fantastic and fantastical, she mines these legends for that bit of magic remaining in all our lives—if only we can let ourselves see it.
This collection of short stories from Lucy Wood really grabbed my imagination as I read them. They range from slightly deranged tales to hauntingly beautiful essays, and all contain a wee bit of Cornwallish magic that seeps into the words and leaves the reader with a wonderment of what they have just experienced. I found myself going back and re-reading several passages just to savor the experience of Lucy Wood's way of storytelling.
The wife who sets out to lure her missing husband back from the mermaids of the sea, a girl who turns into stone, the nursing home for witches - these are just some of the themes of Lucy Wood's stories in "Diving Belles," and each and every one of them will leave you with a sense of awe for this young author's talent. I look for great things to come from Lucy in the future.
Lucy Wood grew up in Cornwall and attended Exeter University, where she completed a BA in English Literature and an MA in Creative Writing. She currently lives in Cornwall.
Lucy’s Tour StopsTuesday, August 7th: Unabridged Chick
Wednesday, August 8th: The Feminist Texican [Reads]
Thursday, August 9th: Lakeside Musing
Tuesday, August 14th: Twisting the Lens
Thursday, August 16th: A Bookish Way of Life
Monday, August 20th: In the Next Room
Tuesday, August 21st: Buried in Print
Wednesday, August 22nd: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Thursday, August 23rd: Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Monday, August 27th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Tuesday, August 28th: Book-a-rama
Wednesday, August 29th: What She Read …
Thursday, August 30th: The Written World
Date TBD: Luxury Reading
TBD: so much shouting, so much laughter
My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour and for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.