Seven emotionless princesses.
Three ghostly sirens.
A beautiful, malicious witch haunted by memories.
A handsome, self-mutilating prince.
Belonging to a race that is mostly animal with little humanity, a world obsessed with beauty where morality holds no sway, a little mermaid escapes to the ocean's surface. Discovering music, a magnificent palace of glass and limestone, and a troubled human prince, she is driven by love to consult the elusive sea-witch who secretly dominates the entire species of merfolk. Upon paying an enormous price for her humanity, the little mermaid begins a new life, uncovering secrets of sexuality and the Immortal Soul. As a deadly virus threatens to contaminate the bloodstreams of the whole merfolk race, the little mermaid must choose between the lives of her people, the man she loves, or herself.
A complete reinvention of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale, this is a magical-realist fable that captures the essence of sacrifice and the price of humanity.
Esther Dalseno was born in a rural Australian town that is not quite the outback.
Returning to Australia after spending her formative years in the USA, she left Sydney in 2007 to become an English teacher in South Korea. She told everyone she would be back in a year.
She is yet to return.
Esther has lived in Laos, Vietnam and Thailand and has traveled the world extensively.
She now lives in Berlin with her husband, daughter, and Pekingese dog, all acquired along the way.
She was previously published in the acclaimed short story collection, We All Need a Witness, by Pan Macmillan.
'Drown' is Esther Dalseno's first novel.