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Sailor Twain

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Sailor Twain

Or, the Mermaid in the Hudson

By Mark Siegel

First Second, Hardcover, 9781596436367, 399pp.

Publication Date: October 2, 2012



One hundred years ago. On the foggy Hudson River, a riverboat captain rescues an injured mermaid from the waters of the busiest port in the United States. A wildly popular--and notoriously reclusive--author makes a public debut. A French nobleman seeks a remedy for a curse. As three lives twine together and race to an unexpected collision, the mystery of the Mermaid of the Hudson deepens.

A mysterious and beguiling love story with elements of Poe, Twain, Hemingway, and Greek mythology, drawn in moody black-and-white charcoal, "Sailor Twain" is a study in romance, atmosphere, and suspense.

"Sailor Twain "is one of "The Washington Post's "Top 10 Graphic/Comic Reads of 2012.

About the Author
Mark Siegel was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and grew up in France. He is the editorial director of First Second and an accomplished writer and illustrator. He is the illustrator of "To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel," a Robert F. Sibert Award Honor Book, written by his wife, Siena Cherson Siegel; and author and illustrator of the picture book "Moving House, " published by Roaring Brook Press.

Praise For Sailor Twain

"This extraordinary work of fiction pushes the graphic novel well beyond its previous limits.  The narrative takes us on many journeys through space and time, but is more than a mere tale.  It's about past and present, the absolute importance of myth, of language, of stories themselves.  In superb words and drawings, it also explores obsession and love in a way that is original to the genre, and to literature itself.  In the best sense, the completed work succeeds in a very difficult task: making the reader more human.  Bravo!" -- Pete Hamill "Addictive." -- Rachel Maddow "Wow.  Fabulous." -- Robin McKinley "A gorgeous piece of work about moral conflicts, romantic distress, and fishy secrets." -- Laura Kipnis "A romance in the truest sense of the word, Sailor Twain is a marvel of graphical beauty and complex, intelligent storytelling.  Siegel creates a misty, magical Hudson river that is somehow realer and truer and mroe seductive and many fathoms deeper than the real thing." -- Lev Grossman "I had a most engaging voyage on the doomed Lorelei, and I much enjoyed meeting young Captain Twain -- not to mention the mermaid in the Hudson.  This is a gripping novel with compelling characters, enhanged by haunting, erotically charged drawings." -- John Irving 

"Siegel’s illustrations underscore the multiple themes of deceit and deception: softly blurred charcoal riverscapes transform the Hudson into a proving ground for dark magic, and the doe-eyed characters are nowhere near as innocent as they look. You’re never too old for a well-told fairy tale." -- BCCB


"Absolutely not to be missed." -- Booklist, starred reivew