The book of speculation alternates back and forth in time from the present era in long island to the 1700s travelling circus in the present we meet a reference librarian simon whose situation is in dire straits hes lost his job hes broke hes having a secret love affair with his neighbours daughter and he needs an extensive . The book of speculation a novel erika swyler on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers one of buzzfeeds 24 best fiction books of 2015 includes a bonus short story by erika swyler. A subtle theme throughout the book features characters who despite their best intentions end up hurting the very people they love and are trying to protect i would recommend the book of speculation to anyone who likes to read and even a few people who dont san diego book review. One june day an old book arrives on simon watsons doorstep sent by an antiquarian bookseller who purchased it on speculation it 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 simons family have drowned always on july 24 which is only weeks . When a young librarian comes into possession of the diary of a traveling circus from more than 200 years ago he decides the book may hold clues to a family mystery he needs to solve to save his sisters life narrator simon and his younger sister enola grew up in an 18th century house on a
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