Irish author and famous feminist Louise O’Neill has announced that her new book will be a retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale “The Little Mermaid,” seen through a searing feminist lens.
The book, entitled “The Surface Breaks,” will be published in the UK in May 2018, with the US publication date still to be announced. The story takes place beneath the sea off the Irish coast and centers around a mermaid, Gaia, who dreams of being human.
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A spokesperson for the publisher, Scholastic, said that in the book “Christian Andersen’s dark, original fairy tale is reimagined…with the stunning, scalpel-sharp writing and world building that has won Louise her legions of devoted fans.”
“The Surface Breaks” will be O’Neill’s third novel. A major motion picture based on her first book “Only Ever Yours,” a feminist dystopia that has been compared to Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale‘ is currently in development.
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Her second work ‘Asking For It‘, a painful and honest portrait of rape culture was profiled in Teen Vogue and has won countless awards including the American Library Association’s Michael L. Printz Honor for excellence in literature written for young adults, with The New York Times calling it “riveting and essential.”
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