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American mermaid : a novel / Julia Langbein.


"Penelope Schleeman, a consistently broke Connecticut high school teacher, is as surprised as anyone when her sensitive debut novel, "American Mermaid"--the story of a wheelchair-bound scientist named Sylvia who discovers that her withered legs are the vestiges of a powerful tail--becomes a bestseller. Penelope soon finds herself lured to LA by promises of easy money to co-write the "American Mermaid" screenplay for a major studio with a pair of male hacks. As the studio pressures Penelope to change "American Mermaid" from the story of a fierce, androgynous eco-warrior to a teen sex object in a clam bra, strange things start to happen. Threats appear in the screenplay draft; siren calls lure people into danger. When Penelope's screenwriting partners try to kill Sylvia off entirely in a bitterly false but cinematic end, matters off the page escalate. Is Penelope losing her mind, or is Sylvia among us? American Mermaid follows a young woman braving a world of casual smiles and ruthless calculation, where she discovers a beating heart in her own fiction--a creature she'll do anything to protect." -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780385549677
  • ISBN: 0385549679
  • Physical Description: 329 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2023]
Subject: Women > Fiction.
Women authors > Fiction.
Best sellers > Fiction.
Screenwriters > Fiction.
Authors > Fiction.
Motion pictures > Fiction.
Motion picture industry > Fiction.
Scientists > Fiction.
Mermaids > Fiction.
Threats of violence > Fiction.
Los Angeles (Calif.) > Fiction.
Genre: Humorous fiction.

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  • 12 of 13 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


  • 0 current holds with 13 total copies.
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