NZ Listener review of Sea Hearts. Noice.
From Ann Packer:
What an extraordinary achievement is Margo Lanagan's Sea Hearts. The acclaimed Australian writer's second [read: seventeenth published :D] novel brings to utterly convincing life the selkie, that part-seal creature of Celtic myth, in a haunting realisation of an island community with a devastating secret at its heart. Her prose is achingly beautiful, bring to life the dumpy sea-witch Misskaella—whose ability to draw "mere-maids" out of seals keeps a whole generation in thrall—and evoking other voices, whether red-headed or bearing the dark locks of their selkie mothers, to contribute to the exquisitely constructed tale.