Longtime readers of this blog will remember how much I love Kim Antieau's novel Church of the Old Mermaids. I was honored to read it in its pre-publication form a couple of years ago, and promptly fell in love with these Old Mermaids who found themselves living in the New Desert when the Old Sea dried up. I've gushed about the novel here and here and here. I am so happy that it has finally been published! I've already downloaded it to my Kindle and am joyously rereading it.
The characters of the Old Mermaids seem to be so much more than fiction to me — they feel like they are the embodiments of Deep Wisdom, and in some ways they have taken on a life of their own.
Are you new to the Old Mermaids? Just listen to a few of their voices:
Get the starfish outta your eyes, sister. —Sister Sheila Na Giggles Mermaid
She who laughs a lot laughs a lot. —Sister Laughs A Lot Mermaid
Sing, dance, create. If you have to choose one, do all three at once. —Sister Bridget Mermaid
Go with the flow — and watch out for waterfalls. —Sister Sophia Mermaid
You ask me to tell you about love? Showing is so much better. —Sister Magdalene Mermaid
Laugh or weep. We swim in your tears. —Grand Mother Yemaya Mermaid