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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,092 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Carey Narrator: Jan Maxwell Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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There is an island off the west coast of Ireland called Inis Muruch—the Island of the Mermaids—a world where myth is more powerful than truth, where the sea sings with the healing and haunting voices of women, and where death is never as strong as the redemptive power of family and love. It is here that Lisa Carey sets her lyrical and sensual first novel, weaving together the voices and lives of three generations of Irish-American women.

Years ago, Cliona—strong, proud, and practical—sailed for Boston, determined to one day come home. But when the time came to return to Inis Muruch, her daughter Grace—fierce, beautiful, and brazenly sexual—resented her mother's isolated, unfamiliar world. Though entranced by the sea and its healing powers, Grace became desperate to escape the confines of the island, one day stealing away with her small daughter Grainne.

Now Grainne, motherless at fifteen after Grace's death from breast cancer—is about to be taken back across the ocean by Cliona, repeating the journey her mother was forced to make years before. She goes to meet a father she has never known, her heart pulled between a life where she no longer belongs to a family she cannot remember. On the rocky shores of Inis Muruch, she waits for her father, and begins to discover her own sexual indentity even as she struggles to understand the forces that have torn her family apart.

In her first novel, Lisa Carey has crafted voices so real and passionate that they resonate within the listener long after the last words are heard. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Mingling myth and motherhood, and jumping generations and continents…Lisa Carey has created a magical first novel.” 

    Boston Globe

  • “You’ re sighing sympathetically before the end of the first chapter. Carey’s three heroines’…stories are skillfully woven together by the watery Celtic mythology of life on Inis Murúch.” 

    New York magazine

  • “Three generations of Irish women reconcile past and present in this ethereal debut.” 


  • “A beautifully lyrical story of three powerful women.” 


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Judy | 2/15/2014

    " This is one of my favorite books. I love the juxtaposition of the three generations covered in the book, and the realistic portrayal of the tension between mother and daughter. Overall, the book was incredibly heartwarming, and I enjoyed the journey that Lisa Carey takes us through! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jean | 2/6/2014

    " Went between 3 and 4 stars on this one. I liked the Irishness of it [lived there for a few years in the 80s] and I like Carey's writting prose & style. There was a lot of angst in it tho- I guess some lives really do have that much drama... A couple of times I wanted to smack the character for her nastiness toward her mother. I can't imagine saying some of those things to my own mom-- ever. But it was a good read, so I'll pass it on to my sisters [and thank sister Barb for giving it to me for my flight home last week]. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Julie Laumark | 2/3/2014

    " This book drew me in with it's opening sentence. I enjoyed it's lyrical language, the story of the of 3 generations of women from the same family, the sensuality, & the struggles between Mothers & their Daughters. Most of all what I will take from this book is the definitions of home & family; how personal & different for every individual. I could almost hear the mermaids singing; calling me back to the home of my ancestors & I felt a deep longing for the shores of Innis Muruch... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marilyn Hartl | 2/2/2014

    " A lovely book - I loved the language of this novel. "

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