BookBrowse Reviews The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

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The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock

by Imogen Hermes Gowar

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The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
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    Sep 2018, 496 pages
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    Sep 10, 2019, 512 pages

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Imogen Hermes Gowar presents a sumptuous tale of mermaids, courtesans and merchants set in London in the 1780s.

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock, the debut novel from brilliant new literary talent Imogen Hermes Gowar, explores the ways in which those disadvantaged by race, gender and class in 18th century London attempted to build better lives for themselves. The novel opens with English merchant Jonah Hancock receiving word that one of his prize ships has been sold by its captain in exchange for the skeleton of a "mermaid." In an attempt to gain back the profits lost on his ship, Hancock sets about displaying this creature to London society. While doing so, he comes across Angelica Neal, an enthralling courtesan (see Beyond the Book) whose benefactor has recently died. She is attempting to keep herself afloat in a society that makes it nearly impossible for women to support themselves financially and, at the "advanced" age of 28, is reluctantly seeking a husband.
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