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The Shark Club

by Ann Kidd Taylor

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The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2017
    288 pages
    Genre: Novels

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A novel about love, loss, and sharks by the New York Times bestselling coauthor of the memoir Traveling with Pomegranates.

On a summer day on the Gulf of Mexico in 1988, two extraordinary things happen to twelve-year-old Maeve Donnelly. First, she is kissed by Daniel, the boy of her dreams. Then, she is attacked by a blacktip shark.

Eighteen years later, Maeve is a world-traveling marine biologist studying and swimming with the very animals that once threatened her life. Known among her peers as the "shark whisperer," Maeve is fearless in the water. On land, however, Maeve is dogged by unresolved wounds and indecisive about the path her life will take. After a particularly inspiring assignment abroad, Maeve returns to the small island off Florida's coast where she grew up and to her childhood home - the legendarily charming and eccentric Hotel of the Muses, where she was raised by her grandmother. There, she is greeted by troubling news.

An illegal shark-finning operation has moved into town, and hundreds of sharks are dying. As Maeve fights to protect the fate of the animals so dear to her heart, she finds that her twin brother may be about to make it big as a novelist, using her love life as his jumping-off point. Will she confront her feelings about her brother's betrayal - and forgive her childhood sweetheart, Daniel, the missteps of their youth? Or will she dive headlong back into her work and open her heart to Nicholas, her colleague who shares her passion for the ocean?

Set against the intoxicating backdrop of palm trees, blood orange sunsets, calypso bands, and key lime pies, The Shark Club is a love story, an environmental mystery, and an exploration of a woman's mysterious kinship with the sea and the sharks that inhabit it.

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"With humor and surprises, The Shark Club moves along briskly as Maeve struggles to forgive, let go of past love, and navigate happiness on her own terms." - Booklist

"Maeve's passion for sharks is eloquent and contagious. A beach read with depth, but maybe not for reading on the actual beach." - Library Journal

"An engaging novel about the loves that define our lives." - Kirkus

"With her wishy-washy lead, Taylor's novel just narrowly misses the mark." - Publishers Weekly

"A delicious summer read." - Redbook

"The Shark Club is a captivating story of love and loss, and a beautiful ode to the ocean and those whose hearts are drawn to it. Ann Kidd Taylor - and her novel's heroine, Maeve - understand the many sublime mysteries of sharks, and how deeply their fate is connected to our own." - Susan Casey, author of The Devil's Teeth

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Ann Kidd Taylor

Ann Kidd Taylor is the coauthor of the New York Times bestselling memoir Traveling with Pomegranates. She lives in Florida with her husband and son.

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