The Mermaid of Brooklyn by Amy Shearn

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4 out of 5 stars

This story was very real. Not the mermaid possession part, but every other depressed-and-lonely-stay-at-home-mom part.

Jenny falls off the Brooklyn bridge. She is ready to drown, but she is saved by a mermaid. The mermaid becomes one with Jenny. This mermaid somehow merged her soul or spirit into this woman who was so depressed by her life and wants to live life again through her.

Jenny was abandoned for months from her husband and was left to care for their two kids all on her own. THAT is the life this mermaid spirit had gotten herself into. Together they try to live as one. This mermaid wants what a [depressed] married woman and mother can not go running after, but she tries and tries and Jenny fights and fights. But did Jenny fight hard enough?

This story goes into the depths of what a depressed housewife/stay-at-home-mom feels. Of course, not EVERY woman in the world would feel this, but I must say there was no holding back. This speaks of depression, suicide, loneliness, adultery, misery, seeking happiness, how to see life positively, love for [her] children, how to deal with just being abandoned out of the blue for a long period of time… She did not know how to cope: if she should be upset and hate him, she did not know if he was dead and should mourn, she did not know if she should move on and see other people, she did not know if this was temporary or forever.

It was a sort of depressing sort of read, but with some good advice (also bad advice coming from the mermaid, lol) that gives some sort of insight as to what to do, how you’d feel after certain actions (regret, guilt, etc.), but also encourages to REMEMBER THE LOVE in your relationships.

I would recommend this to those who like a good drama.

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