The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan
Goodreads says, "On remote Rollrock Island, men go to sea to make their livings--and to catch their wives. The witch Misskaella knows the way of drawing a girl from the heart of a seal, of luring the beauty out of the beast. And for a price a man may buy himself a lovely sea-wife. He may have and hold and keep her. And he will tell himself that he is her master. But from his first look into those wide, questioning, liquid eyes, he will be just as transformed as she. He will be equally ensnared. And the witch will have her true payment. Margo Lanagan weaves an extraordinary tale of desire, despair, and transformation. With devastatingly beautiful prose, she reveals characters capable of unspeakable cruelty, but also unspoken love."
I love the cover and the premise, but the writing style was just too much for me and the initial plot was a bit slow. I recognize that Lanagan's writing style is elegant, poetic, and beautiful, but for some reason, I couldn't get into it. It just seemed too wordy and drawn out. Plus, there's multiple points of view, which I struggled with.
Speaking of struggling....I have noticed that lately I struggle with fairy tale retellings and other types of fantasy novels that include selkies or mermaids. Maybe I have some sort of mental block towards these mythical creatures? Either way, The Brides of Rollrock Island wasn't for me. If you have read it, let me know what do you think.