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The Book of Speculation

(2015)
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One of BuzzFeed's 24 Best Fiction Books of 2015

"As Simon, a lonely research librarian, searches frantically for the key to a curse that might be killing the women in his family, he learns strange and fascinating secrets about their past. A tale full of magic and family mystery, The Book of Speculation will keep you up all night reading."—Isaac Fitzgerald, BuzzFeed

Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone in a house that is slowly crumbling toward the Long Island Sound. His parents are long dead. His mother, a circus mermaid who made her living by holding her breath, drowned in the very water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, ran off six years ago and now reads tarot cards for a traveling carnival.

One June day, an old book arrives on Simon's doorstep, sent by an antiquarian bookseller who purchased it on speculation. Fragile and water damaged, the book is a log from the owner of a traveling carnival in the 1700s, who reports strange and magical things, including the drowning death of a circus mermaid. Since then, generations of "mermaids" in Simon's family have drowned--always on July 24, which is only weeks away.

As his friend Alice looks on with alarm, Simon becomes increasingly worried about his sister. Could there be a curse on Simon's family? What does it have to do with the book, and can he get to the heart of the mystery in time to save Enola?

In the tradition of Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus, and Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian, The Book of Speculation--with two-color illustrations by the author--is Erika Swyler's moving debut novel about the power of books, family, and magic.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Dazzling. I absolutely loved this book. My only complaint is that I am already on the edge of my seat waiting for her next." - Sara Gruen


Used availability for Erika Swyler's The Book of Speculation

Hardback Editions

2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Book of Speculation
Author(s): Erika Swyler
ISBN: 1-78239-776-0 / 978-1-78239-776-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corvus
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August 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Book Of Speculation (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)
Author(s): Erika Swyler
ISBN: 1-4104-8243-X / 978-1-4104-8243-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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June 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Book of Speculation: A Novel
Author(s): Erika Swyler
ISBN: 1-250-05480-X / 978-1-250-05480-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Paperback Editions

April 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Book of Speculation: A Novel
Author(s): Erika Swyler
ISBN: 1-250-82095-2 / 978-1-250-82095-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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July 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Book of Speculation
Author(s): Erika Swyler
ISBN: 1-78239-764-7 / 978-1-78239-764-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corvus
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June 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Book of Speculation
Author(s): Erika Swyler
ISBN: 1-78239-777-9 / 978-1-78239-777-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corvus
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May 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Book of Speculation: A Novel
Author(s): Erika Swyler
ISBN: 1-250-05563-6 / 978-1-250-05563-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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February 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Book of Speculation
Author(s): Erika Swyler
ISBN: 1-78239-763-9 / 978-1-78239-763-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corvus
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July 2015 : UK Paperback

Title: The Book of Speculation
Author(s): Erika Swyler
ISBN: 1-78239-775-2 / 978-1-78239-775-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corvus
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Audio Editions

August 2015 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Book of Speculation
Author(s): Erika Swyler
ISBN: 1-4890-1916-2 / 978-1-4890-1916-5 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda audio
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August 2015 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Book of Speculation
Author(s): Erika Swyler
ISBN: 1-4890-1915-4 / 978-1-4890-1915-8 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda audio
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July 2015 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Book of Speculation
Author(s): Erika Swyler
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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July 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Book of Speculation
Author(s): Erika Swyler
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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June 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Book of Speculation: A Novel
Author(s): Erika Swyler
ISBN: 1-4272-6143-1 / 978-1-4272-6143-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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June 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Book of Speculation: A Novel
Author(s): Erika Swyler
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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June 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Book of Speculation: A Novel
Author(s): Erika Swyler
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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Kindle Editions

June 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Book of Speculation
Author(s): Erika Swyler
Publisher: Corvus
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June 2015 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Book of Speculation: A Novel
Author(s): Erika Swyler
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Availability: Amazon CA