Drown: A Twisted Take on the Classic Fairy Tale

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Seven emotionless princesses.
Three ghostly sirens.
A beautiful, malicious witch haunted by memories.
A handsome, self-mutilating prince.

Belonging to a race that is mostly animal with little humanity, a world obsessed with beauty where morality holds no sway, a little mermaid escapes to the ocean's surface. Discovering music, a magnificent palace of glass and limestone, and a troubled human prince, she is driven by love to consult the elusive sea-witch who secretly dominates the entire species of merfolk. Upon paying an enormous price for her humanity, the little mermaid begins a new life, uncovering secrets of sexuality and the Immortal Soul. As a deadly virus threatens to contaminate the bloodstreams of the whole merfolk race, the little mermaid must choose between the lives of her people, the man she loves, or herself.

A complete reinvention of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale, this is a magical-realist fable that captures the essence of sacrifice and the price of humanity.

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About the Author:

Esther Dalseno was born in a rural Australian town and after living in both Portland, Oregon and Sydney, New South Wales, she headed off to see the world.

Writing and teaching, she has lived in Laos, Vietnam and South Korea and has traveled the world extensively, from Johannesburg to Bangkok to Barcelona.

She now lives in Berlin with her husband, daughter, and Pekingese dog, all acquired in different countries. She has no plans yet to return to Australia.

Esther loves museums, festivals, live music and can often be seen ambling about the graffiti-strewn streets of Berlin's inner city.

She was previously published in the acclaimed short story collection, We All Need a Witness, by Pan Macmillan.

Her second novel, Gabriel and the Swallows , is due for release in 2016.

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"The depth Dalseno weaves into her characters and her melancholy,dreamlike prose pair beautifully with Hans Christian Andersen's original tragic fairy tale.  DROWN is darkly romantic, lush, and broke my heartin all the best ways.  It's everything a good retelling should be."- New York Times bestselling author of the Splintered series, A.G Howard

"Ms. Dalseno's tale did not disappoint. In fact, it delighted me, if youcan say that about a story that left me brokenhearted... Its lyricism wasdazzling and the story itself was gorgeous..." - TeganWren, author of Inconceivable!

"One of the most magical, lyrical and stunning books I have read all year, this book needs to win awards." - Benjamin of Tomes, Teen Vogue, OfTomes Publishing, Curiosity Quills Press

"...an incredibly intriguing and unique read.  Dalseno takes a well known andwell loved tale and creates something darker that will have you tearingthrough the pages.  The writing is beautiful, the story is unique and Iguarantee you have never read anything like this before!" - Laura Hartley, Whats Hot Blog


"Have you ever wanted to know what really lies below thesurface of thewaters and the mermaids origins, why the Sea Witch seemedso much morethan ever written, and the littlest mermaid's true desire to be humanbeyond her initial feelings for the prince? DROWN feels likeanunexplored fairy tale that has come to light." - Bookswoon.com

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