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A novel based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid
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“Lovesick Little is a vibrant and heartfelt re-telling of my favourite fairy tale of all time, The Little Mermaid (1837). In this, my brilliantly inspired and lovingly spun adaptation, I pay lush and sweeping homage to the original, more poignant trajectory of what I believe to be the most enchantingly dark love story ever written. Set against the backdrop of a mystical underwater kingdom, I’ve reimagined every beat of our mermaid’s fabled surfacing to meet a modern world beside the sea, and find her prince on the salty shores of a small town on the western coast of Canada. Lovesick Little speaks of the exquisite pain of loving things just out of reach, while delivering a sobering snapshot of humanity in the twenty-first century, and the tumultuous marriage that binds people to their oceans. This tribute, as tenderly wrought as it is at times shocking and raw, takes place at the point where two worlds collide, and an unforgettable ascension begins. – Leslie Phelan

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