Spotlight on Sea Creatures by Susanna Daniel

Coming July 30 from Harper, Sea Creatures by Susanna Daniel

This enthralling, lyrical story of marriage and motherhood from the author of Stiltsville is one of the year’s best novels.  Not to be missed.  Plus, it has one of the prettiest covers I’ve ever seen.

sea creaturesA mother must make the unthinkable choice between her husband and her son in this riveting domestic drama, the follow up to the author’s “exquisite debut” (Publishers Weekly), Stiltsville

When Georgia returns to her hometown of Miami, her toddler son and husband in tow, she is hoping for a fresh start. They have left Illinois trailing scandal and disappointment in their wake: Graham’s sleep disorder has cost him his tenure at Northwestern; Georgia’s college advising business has gone belly up; and three-year old Frankie is no longer speaking. Miami feels emptier without Georgia’s mother, who died five years earlier, but her father and stepmother offer a warm welcome-as well as a slip for the dilapidated houseboat Georgia and Graham have chosen to call home. And a position studying extreme weather patterns at a prestigious marine research facility offers Graham a professional second chance.

When Georgia takes a job as an errand runner for an artist who lives alone in the middle of Biscayne Bay, she’s surprised to find her life changes dramatically. Time spent with the intense hermit at his isolated home might help Frankie gain the courage to speak, it seems. And it might help Georgia reconcile the woman she was with the woman she has become.

But when Graham leaves to work on a ship in Hurricane Alley and the truth behind Frankie’s mutism is uncovered, the family’s challenges return, more complicated than before. Late that summer, as a hurricane bears down on South Florida, Georgia must face the fact that her choices have put her only child in grave danger.

Sea Creatures is a mesmerizing exploration of the high stakes of marriage and parenthood, the story of a woman coming into her own as a mother, forced to choose between her marriage, her child, and the possibility of new love.


The author at her family's stilt house, circa 1980 from the author's website

The author at her family’s stilt house, circa 1980 from the author’s website

Author Susanna Daniel was born and raised in Miami, Florida, where she spent much of her childhood at her family’s stilt house in 683af41910938771f187ff55921f44d6Biscayne Bay.

Her debut novel, Stiltsville, was awarded the PEN/Bingham prize for best debut work published in 2010. Stiltsville was also named a 2011 Summer Reading List pick by, a Best Debut of 2010 by, a Best Book of 2010 by the Huffington Post, and a Discover Great New Writers pick by Barnes & Noble.

Susanna is a co-founder, with author Michelle Wildgen, of the Madison Writers’ Studio, an intimate, university-level writing workshop, which will begin enrolling new students in June of 2013. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and was a Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Her writing has been published in Newsweek,SlateOne StoryEpoch, and elsewhere.

Susanna lives with her husband and two young sons in Madison, Wisconsin, where during the long winter she dreams of the sun and the sea, and of jumping off the stilt house porch at high tide.

Susanna’s second novel, Sea Creatures, about a woman who ultimately must face the unthinkable choice between her husband and young son, is forthcoming from HarperCollins in the summer of 2013.


Check back soon for a review of this stunningly beautiful and captivating novel.



Filed under Bookmagnet's Best Books of the Month, Spotlight Books, Summer Reading, women's lit

2 responses to “Spotlight on Sea Creatures by Susanna Daniel

  1. I agree with you about the cover – its simple, yet so beautiful. The story also sounds really interesting!

  2. You will like it Melinda. The cover would look so pretty as a painting.

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