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by Patty Dann

  • ISBN: 0719544416
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Patty Dann
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd; First Edition edition (March 24, 1988)
  • Pages: 156 pages
  • FB2 size: 1244 kb
  • EPUB size: 1583 kb
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 364
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. A coming-of-age novel that spawned the cult classic movie of the same name, starring Cher and Winona Ryder.

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Mermaids is a 1986 coming-of-age novel by American writer Patty Dann, published in 1986 by Ticknor and Fields. Its plot follows a teenage girl growing up with a wayward single mother in 1960s New England

Mermaids is a 1986 coming-of-age novel by American writer Patty Dann, published in 1986 by Ticknor and Fields. Its plot follows a teenage girl growing up with a wayward single mother in 1960s New England. It was adapted into a feature film of the same name in 1990, starring Cher and Winona Ryder. Dann, a graduate of the University of Oregon and Columbia University, was working as a secretary in 1984, having abandoned her career aspiration of becoming a writer

Patricia Dann (born October 30, 1953) is an American novelist and nonfiction writer.

Patricia Dann (born October 30, 1953) is an American novelist and nonfiction writer. A native of New York and the daughter of television executive Michael Dann, she studied at the University of Oregon, and later earned an MFA in writing from Columbia University. While working as a secretary for A&E in 1986, she revised Mermaids, a coming-of-age novel novel she had written as her Master's thesis, which was subsequently published by Ticknor and Fields.

Patty Dann is the author of Mermaids (which was turned into a film starring Cher and Winona Ryder) and The Baby Boat: A Memoir of Adoption. Dann's articles have appeared in More Magazine and the Chicago Tribune. She has served as a judge for the Scholastic Young Writers Awards. She has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and a BA in Art History from the University of Oregon.

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And then there's Charlotte, who in Patty Dann's hands, is transformed into a young woman of infinite whim and variety. Charlotte's main ambition in life is to become a saint, preferably martyred, though she's Jewish. She's smitten with the shy young caretaker at the convent at the top of the hill. Dann has created a young girl who accepts the unkindness of the mad universe in which she's whirling and takes it on with a savage glee. Charlotte Flax is like no one you have ever met-and someone you know very well.

Mermaids - Patty Dann. Mermaids is both hilarious and tragic, a radiant debut. This is a really funny book about people trying to find something to hang onto in a world that keeps shifting under their feet.

A coming-of-age novel that spawned the cult classic movie of the same name, starring Cher and Winona Ryder. Mrs. Flax was happiest when she was leaving a place, but I wanted to stay put long enough to fall down crazy and hear the Word of God. I always called my mother Mrs. Flax.

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Patty Dann (born October 30, 1953) is an American novelist and nonfiction writer, perhaps best known for Mermaids, a coming-of-age novel about a teenage girl which was published in 1986. In 1990, it was made into a movie starring Cher, Winona Ryder, Bob Hoskins and Christina Ricci. Her most recent novel is "Starfish," which is a sequel to "Mermaids. Dann has written one other novel, "Sweet & Crazy" (2003), about a 39-year-old woman who lives with her young son in a small town in Ohio, as the events of September 11, 2001 impacted their lives.

Reviews about Mermaids (7):
I watched this movie about a hundred times as a teenager and a hundred more as an adult, recently sharing with my teenage daughter. I found out it was a book and had to buy it. It’s a quick read, took me about four hours. It’s also a smart read. Both Charlotte and Kate are very precocious. Perhaps because they’ve had to grow up fast because mrs flax is frequently absent. The movie stays true to the book but everything we see in the movie is pure speculation because the book is entirely from charlottes point of view. And as a 14 year old, she tends to exaggerate and blow things out of proportion. So most of what we see in the movie is where her mind is, and other people delivering the stories she herself delivers in the book. I loved that we were only in charlottes head because I 100% identified with her as a teen. Patty Dann really grasped the teenage girl mindset. This will be a permanent favorite book for me.
If you are like me, you probably first saw the movie (Mermaids). Like the movie, the book tells the story of teenager Charlotte Flax, her mother (Mrs. Flax), and her champion swimmer sister Kate. The novel focuses on Charlotte's search for belonging or membership. Charlotte feels alone in the world and strangely disconnected from the rest of society. She sees herself as the "only adult" in her house and sometimes in the whole world. She calls her mother "Mrs. Flax," perhaps to emphasize the distance between the two. Charlotte's world is full of disorder, with her mother moving every year or so whenever life gets tough. So she seeks order by dreaming about becoming a nun (despite the fact that she is Jewish) and dreaming about her long separated father. All while trying (not too successful) to keep her hormones under control.

The novel starts when the Charlotte, Kate, and Mrs. Flax move to Grove, MA and have to start to adjust to life there. Charlotte meets Joe, the groundsman in a convent, and falls madly in "lust" with him. Mrs. Flax meets Lou, the owner of a shoe store and probably the only other Jew in town. Charlotte is convinced that she is mature and in charge unlike the rest of the world. However, she slowly looses control of herself and her life with the inevitable consequences. Part of growing up, as they say.

The book is very easy to read. Although the paper version of the book has about 180 pages, it packs a lot of details in it. The story is entirely told from Charlotte's perspective as the first person narrator. Charlotte only gives us detail that she is thinks is interesting. And since she has a very active and fast moving mind, the book is fast and intense. I particularly like the way that JFK's assassination was described-- how Charlotte, the only person who did not cry, saw it and reacted to it.

I liked the story very much and enjoyed the characters and world that Patty Dunn created. Perhaps that is why I felt that the ending was a little abrupt. Satisfying but abrupt. The movie follows the same basic story, but there is a lot of depth in the book that you don't get in the movie-- particularly about Joe and Lou. The movie was very much a Cher (Mrs. Flax) and Bob Hoksins (Lou) vehicle; the novel is all about Charlotte and how she sees things.
a great book along with a wonderful movie it is a little diffrent from the movie but any wonderful book
a must read for anyone
i would recommend it
Teenage Jewish girl Charlotte wants to be a Catholic nun and saint, but is in love with a local boy! Sounds corny; but it's fun! Great teen angst and coming of age book. The movie with Cher and Winona Ryder totally capture the essence of the book. But please don't pass up the book. The character development if much more in depth and way too fun!
And this is a rare occurrence, because most of the time, when you see a great movie, the book turns out to be even better. Right? Not in this case! It's a mercy it is fairly short.

What is great about the movie is the family dynamics. The book is written from the point of view of the teenage girl (young Wynona Ryder in the movie), which narrows the perspective. It is quite slow and gets a bit lost into detail. It was obscure based on the book why the teenage girl liked her handsome Joe so much, he seemed like an oaf.
The end comes abruptly and leaves you all "oh, that's it?" and empty.

I only saw the movie once years ago but it made a lasting (positive) impression on me (if you liked "Anywhere but here" with N. Portman or "Arizona dream" with J.Depp you might like "Mermaids" too.) I expected more of the book because some lines stayed with me; for example, during one of the final scenes, the mother confronts her daughter and asks her, "if you hate me so much, why do you do things that will make you just like I am?" which sounded pretty powerful to me. Well, that line is nowhere in the book, nor is there anything as striking in it.

So. I was disappointed, even though I really tried and really wanted to enjoy the book!
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Amazing book according to my mom! I grew up watching the movie with her all the time; reminds me a lot of her and my big sister. Glad I finally got the book for her. Can't wait to read it next!
Great book! If you haven't watched the movie you should totally go see it!
Good book but in this particular instance, I prefer the movie. Still a great read tho.

Starting the sequel, tonight!!!

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