The Book of Speculation by Erika SwylerA sweeping and captivating debut novel about a young librarian who is sent a mysterious old book, inscribed with his grandmothers name. What is the books connection to his family?
Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone on the Long Island Sound in his family home, a house perched on the edge of a cliff that is slowly crumbling into the sea. His parents are long dead, his mother having drowned in the water his house overlooks.
One day, Simon receives a mysterious book from an antiquarian bookseller; it has been sent to him because it is inscribed with the name Verona Bonn, Simons grandmother. Simon must unlock the mysteries of the book, and decode his family history, before fate deals its next deadly hand.
The Book of Speculation is Erika Swylers gorgeous and moving debut, a wondrous novel about the power of books, family, and magic.
Erika Swyler The Book Of Speculation
The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
My husband laughs about how much research I do to prepare for these Sundays With Writers interviews, but I love researching about the people behind the books just as much as I love the books themselves. The book has been compared to Water For Elephants and Night Circus , but definitely stands on its own and is an ambitious debut novel from this first-time author. If their family is cursed, his sister could be the next victim and he will do anything to save her. The chapters alternate between the travel log complete with unique sketch drawings and present day as Simon tries to stop the curse on his family. The author manages to bring these stories together in a beautiful way with a satisfying conclusion to these mysterious drownings. You can read my full review of this book here as well as a few other great must-reads for the month of April! Shows are living, breathing things with all these fascinating interpersonal dynamics.
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I've lived in Arizona for 67 years Tucson, Glendale, and Sedona. I love writing about Arizona history, antiques, books, and travel. I facilitate a women's book club and over the summer, I compile a list of recommended books from our members, from other book club recommends, and from the books I have personally read, so that by Fall our members can vote on which books we will discuss during the the following year. When I read a synopsis of The Book of Speculation , I couldn't imagine how the topics of a librarian, a mysterious old book with a family name in it, tarot readers, mermaids, ancient family secrets regarding drownings, a tattooed man, curses, magic, carnivals and a house that appears to be cursed. One that begins in modern time and the other which begins in But author Erika Swyler has managed to make sense of these seemingly separate topics and has created a page turner in her first novel.
Simon Watson, a librarian, continues to mourn the loss of his parents years after their deaths. His mother, Paulina, a former carnival "mermaid," killed herself by drowning when he was just a boy and left him to watch after his little sister, Enola. His father, Daniel, was so devastated from her loss that he neglected everything else and slowly wasted away. Now their old house is slowly falling apart around Simon, but he doesn't have the money to fix it, especially after he loses his job. Simon receives a book from a stranger--a bookseller named Martin Churchwarry--who recognized his grandmother's name. It's the record book for an old traveling carnival, and as Simon studies it, he realizes that every women in his family has killed herself on July 24th-- the same day his mother did, and in the same way. Simon begins to grow anxious for the well-being of his sister, Enola, who also performs in a traveling carnival.