American mermaid : a novel
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New York : Doubleday, [2023].
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329 pages ; 25 cm
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Published
New York : Doubleday, [2023].
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English

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"A brilliantly funny and razor-tongued debut which follows a writer lured to Los Angeles to adapt her feminist mermaid novel into a big-budget action film, who believes her heroine has come to life to take revenge for Hollywood's violations. Penelope Schleeman, a consistently broke Connecticut high school teacher, is as surprised as anyone when her sensitive debut novel, "American Mermaid"--the story of a wheelchair-bound scientist named Sylvia who discovers that her withered legs are the vestiges of a powerful tail--becomes a bestseller. Penelope soon finds herself lured to LA by promises of easy money to co-write the "American Mermaid" screenplay for a major studio with a pair of male hacks. As the studio pressures Penelope to change "American Mermaid" from the story of a fierce, androgynous eco-warrior to a teen sex object in a clam bra, strange things start to happen. Threats appear in the screenplay draft; siren calls lure people into danger. When Penelope's screenwriting partners try to kill Sylvia off entirely in a bitterly false but cinematic end, matters off the page escalate. Is Penelope losing her mind, or is Sylvia among us? American Mermaid follows a young woman braving a world of casual smiles and ruthless calculation, where she discovers a beating heart in her own fiction--a creature she'll do anything to protect. By turns both a comic and fabulously insightful tale of two female characters in search of truth, love, and self-acceptance as they move between worlds without giving up their voices"--Provided by publisher.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Langbein, J. (2023). American mermaid: a novel (First edition.). Doubleday.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Langbein, Julia. 2023. American Mermaid: A Novel. Doubleday.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Langbein, Julia. American Mermaid: A Novel Doubleday, 2023.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Langbein, Julia. American Mermaid: A Novel First edition., Doubleday, 2023.

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