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Mar 25 2014 10:15am
Original Story

Noma Girl

Elizabeth Fama

Because of a quirk of history during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, present-day America is rigidly divided between people who live and work during the hours of darkness—Smudges—and those known as Rays, who populate the day. A group of Smudges called the Noma live on the fringes of society in loose tribes, preying on Smudges and Rays alike. Gigi is a ruthless Noma, but in this prequel companion story to Plus One, she is ordered to abduct a cell phone hacker named Ciel Le Coeur and reveals a surprisingly tender heart.

This short story was acquired and edited for by Simon Broughton and Zoey Peresman.

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Mar 6 2014 5:00pm

Plus One (Excerpt)

Plus One Elizabeth Lama

Check out Elizabeth Lama’s Plus One, a fast-paced romantic thriller available April 8th from Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Seventeen-year-old Soleil Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller prohibited by law from going out during the day.

When she fakes an injury in order to get access to and kidnap her newborn niece—a day dweller, or Ray—she sets in motion a fast-paced adventure that will bring her into conflict with the powerful lawmakers who order her world, and draw her together with the boy she was destined to fall in love with, but who is also a Ray.

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Aug 29 2012 10:00am
Original Story

Men Who Wish To Drown

From the author of the upcoming novel Monstrous Beauty comes this undersea tale “Men Who Wish To Drown,” set in the same history.

Cited as the only extant firsthand record of a mermaid encounter in New England waters, this deathbed letter from a great-grandfather to his great-grandson is more likely an instructive fiction—a parable of regret. Supposedly corroborating the mermaid story, a ship’s log (in the collection of the Provincetown Historical Museum) of the schooner Hannah, which plucked Mr. Stanton from South Weepecket in 1788, indicates that the crew saw two figures on the island prior to the rescue, but failed to locate a second victim. However, regarding accuracy and reliability, this is the same crew under Captain John Merriweather that reported sightings of a ghost ship and not one, but two sea monsters.

~~James S. Rucker, Archivist, Family Collections, Falmouth Historical Society, 1924

This story was acquired and edited for by Farrar, Strous & Giroux editor Joy Peskin.

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Aug 16 2012 10:00am

Debunking a Great New England Sea Serpent

taken from life as appeared in Gloucester Harbour, August 23, 1817

In my forthcoming novel, Monstrous Beauty, the character Ezra says, “I am scientific enough that I believe all difficult problems have a solution and yield to effort.” He said those words to a mermaid. Magic and science co-exist beautifully in fiction.

While creating my underwater world of dangerous mermaids, I read about the Gloucester Sea Monster—the most important, best-documented sea serpent you’ve never heard of—which was first mentioned in 1638, and last seen in 1962.

[“I hove the harpoon into him as fairly as a whale was ever struck.”]

Aug 13 2012 5:00pm

Monstrous Beauty (Excerpt)

We’ve got excerpts that pair perfectly with our Sea Monster Week, like fine wine. Take a look at Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama, out on September 4:

Fierce, seductive mermaid Syrenka falls in love with Ezra, a young naturalist. When she abandons her life underwater for a chance at happiness on land, she is unaware that this decision comes with horrific and deadly consequences. Almost one hundred forty years later, seventeen-year-old Hester meets a mysterious stranger named Ezra and feels overwhelmingly, inexplicably drawn to him. For generations, love has resulted in death for the women in her family. Is it an undiagnosed genetic defect . . . or a curse? With Ezra’s help, Hester investigates her family’s strange, sad history. The answers she seeks are waiting in the graveyard, the crypt, and at the bottom of the ocean—but powerful forces will do anything to keep her from uncovering her connection to Syrenka and to the tragedy of so long ago.

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