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  • Published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2012.
  • Year Published: 2012
  • Edition: 1st American ed.
  • Description: 305 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • Lexile: 950

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  • 0375869190

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The brides of Rollrock Island

by Lanagan, Margo, 1960-

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Call number: Teen Fiction

Available Copies: Pittsfield Teen, Traverwood Teen, West Teen

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"On remote Rollrock Island, men go to sea to make their livings--and to catch their wives. The witch Misskaella knows the way of drawing a girl from the heart of a seal, of luring the beauty out of the beast. And for a price a man may buy himself a lovely sea-wife. He may have and hold and keep her. And he will tell himself that he is her master. But from his first look into those wide, questioning, liquid eyes, he will be just as transformed as she. He will be equally ensnared. And the witch will have her true payment"-- Provided by publisher.

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PG 13

There are a lot of nudity. It focus' on a few men with their lust and leaves their family for a prettier wife. I liked the book. It's different from most of the books out there. I don't think the ending was very good. It was as if she hurried to write a cheep ending.

Beautiful and Strange

The Brides of Rollrock Island tells the strange story of a fictional island where the mysterious witch Misskaella pulls beautiful women from the hearts of seals to be wives for the men of the island... for a price, of course. It's an interesting twist on the selkie legends of old, and the story is less a linear narrative than an exploration of this unnatural way of life on Rollrock, and the consequences that come from it. The ending was not as strong as it could have been. Also, prepare for lots of nudity and a tastefully written sex scene, if that kind of thing bothers you.

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