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Sea Monsters

(2019)
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'Sea Monsters is a mesmerizing, revelatory novel, smart and funny and laced with a strangeness that is never facile but serves as a profound and poetic tool for navigating our shared world. Chloe Aridjis is the rare writer who reinvents herself in each book; she is, for my money, one of the most brilliant novelists working in English today' Garth Greenwell

One autumn afternoon in Mexico City, 17-year-old Luisa does not return home from school. Instead, she boards a bus to the Pacific coast with Tomas, a boy she barely knows. He seems to represent everything her life is lacking - recklessness, impulse, independence - and may also help her fulfil an unusual obsession: to track down a troupe of Ukrainian dwarfs who have recently escaped a Soviet circus touring Mexico. They head for Zipolite, the 'Beach of the Dead', a community peopled by hippies, nudists, beach combers and eccentric storytellers, and Luisa searches for someone, anyone, who will 'promise, no matter what, to remain a mystery'. But as she wanders the shoreline, she begins to discover that a quest is more easily envisioned than accomplished.

And so unfolds a phantasmagorical tale of adolescence, transgression and disenchantment in late 1980s Mexico, a place of long nights, insistent sun and relentless rain. Sea Monsters is an intoxicating evocation of past selves and buried histories, the pull of fantasy colliding with the stark light of reality - a dreamlike yet vivid novel about the moments and mysteries that shape us.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A searingly hypnotic work, a dazzling tale of enchantment and disenchantment." - Laura Esquivel

"Sea Monsters is a mesmerizing, revelatory novel, smart and funny and laced with a strangeness that is never facile but serves as a profound and poetic tool for navigating our shared world. Chloe Aridjis is the rare writer who reinvents herself in each book; she is, for my money, one of the most brilliant novelists working in English today." - Garth Greenwell

"I love the way Chloe Aridjis creates her own worlds in prose, and I especially love how Sea Monsters has invented the world of adolescence and its reveries: violent and tender, logical and dreamlike – a twenty-first century essay disguised as a nineteenth-century fable." - Adam Thirlwell

"Intense and impressionistic, it seems to hang on in the air long after the last page." - Rupert Thomson

"Sea Monsters is destined to be a classic: a richly imaginative, reflective and mesmerising novel." - Xiaolu Guo


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February 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: Sea Monsters
Author(s): Chloe Aridjis
ISBN: 1-78474-193-0 / 978-1-78474-193-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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February 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sea Monsters: A Novel
Author(s): Chloe Aridjis
ISBN: 1-936787-86-5 / 978-1-936787-86-9 (USA edition)
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February 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Sea Monsters: A Novel
Author(s): Chloe Aridjis
ISBN: 1-948226-77-4 / 978-1-948226-77-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Catapult
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February 2020 : UK Paperback

Title: Sea Monsters
Author(s): Chloe Aridjis
ISBN: 1-78470-673-6 / 978-1-78470-673-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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February 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Sea Monsters: A Novel
Author(s): Chloe Aridjis
ISBN: 1-68441-933-6 / 978-1-68441-933-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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February 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Sea Monsters: A Novel
Author(s): Chloe Aridjis
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Title: Sea Monsters: A Novel
Author(s): Chloe Aridjis
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February 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Sea Monsters
Author(s): Chloe Aridjis
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February 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Sea Monsters: A Novel
Author(s): Chloe Aridjis
Publisher: Catapult
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