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Mermaid by Lily Dougall is a beautifully written novel that follows the life of a young woman named Nan, who discovers she is a mermaid. The story explores themes of identity, love, and acceptance as Nan navigates her newfound abilities and struggles to fit in with the human world. Dougall's prose is lyrical and evocative, painting a vivid picture of Nan's inner turmoil and external challenges. The characters are well-developed and relatable, drawing readers into Nan's world and keeping them engaged until the very end. Overall, Mermaid is a captivating and thought-provoking read that will appeal to fans of fantasy and coming-of-age novels.

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"'What a fool I was not to go where she beckoned!' mused Caius. 'Where? Anywhere into the heart of the ocean, out of this dull, sordid life into the land of dreams.' For it must all have been a dream—a sweet, fantastic dream, imposed upon his senses by some influence, outward or inward; but it seemed to him that at the hour when he seemed to see the maid it might have been given him to enter the world of dreams, and go on in some existence which was a truer reality than the one in which he now was. In a deliberate way he thought that perhaps, if the truth were known, he, Dr. Caius Simpson, was going a little mad; but as he sat by the softly lapping sea he did not regret this madness: what he did regret was that he must go home… "

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