Sailor Twain

Or: The Mermaid in the Hudson

Mark Siegel

First Second

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One hundred years ago. On the foggy Hudson River, a riverboat captain rescues an injured mermaid from the waters of the busiest port in the United States. A wildly popular--and notoriously reclusive--author makes a public debut. A French nobleman seeks a remedy for a curse. As three lives twine together and race to an unexpected collision, the mystery of the Mermaid of the Hudson deepens.
 
A mysterious and beguiling love story with elements of Poe, Twain, Hemingway, and Greek mythology, drawn in moody black-and-white charcoal, Sailor Twain is a study in romance, atmosphere, and suspense.
 
Sailor Twain is one of The Washington Post's Top 10 Graphic/Comic Reads of 2012

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Sailor Twain, by Mark Siegel

One hundred years ago. On the foggy Hudson River, a riverboat captain rescues an injured mermaid from the waters of the busiest port in the United States. A wildly popular--and notoriously reclusive--author makes a public debut. A French nobleman seeks a remedy for a curse. As three lives twine together and race to an unexpected collision, the mystery of the Mermaid of the Hudson deepens.

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A behind-the-scenes glimpse at SAILOR TWAIN, OR THE MERMAID IN THE HUDSON. Author/Illustrator Mark Siegel discusses his historical and personal inspiration for his new graphic novel.

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Sailor Twain and the Mermaid

Mark Siegel shows his drawing process for Sailor Twain, drawing Captain Twain and the mermaid in charcoal.

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"This extraordinary work of fiction pushes the graphic novel well beyond its previous limits.  The narrative takes us on many journeys through space and time, but is more than a mere tale.  It's about past and present, the absolute importance of myth, of language, of stories themselves.  In superb words and drawings, it also explores obsession and love in a way that is original to the genre, and to literature itself.  In the best sense, the completed work succeeds in a very difficult task: making the reader more human.  Bravo!" -- Pete Hamill
 
"Addictive." -- Rachel Maddow
 
"Wow.  Fabulous." -- Robin McKinley
 
"A gorgeous piece of work about moral conflicts, romantic distress, and fishy secrets." -- Laura Kipnis
 
"A romance in the truest sense of the word, Sailor Twain is a marvel of graphical beauty and complex, intelligent storytelling.  Siegel creates a misty, magical Hudson river that is somehow realer and truer and mroe seductive and many fathoms deeper than the real thing." -- Lev Grossman
 
"I had a most engaging voyage on the doomed Lorelei, and I much enjoyed meeting young Captain Twain -- not to mention the mermaid in the Hudson.  This is a gripping novel with compelling characters, enhanged by haunting, erotically charged drawings." -- John Irving
 

"Siegel’s illustrations underscore the multiple themes of deceit and deception: softly blurred charcoal riverscapes transform the Hudson into a proving ground for dark magic, and the doe-eyed characters are nowhere near as innocent as they look. You’re never too old for a well-told fairy tale." -- BCCB

 

"Absolutely not to be missed." -- Booklist, starred reivew


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‘Sailor Twain’: Mermaid tale explores murky depths of the heart | Hero Complex – movies, comics, fanboy fare – latimes.com
Graphic novelist Mark Siegel intertwines themes of obsession, loss and redemption in "Sailor Twain: The Mermaid in the Hudson," a new book from First Second. "Sailor Twain" transports readers to the misty decks of the Lorelei steamboat, whose captain finds a wounded mermaid in the Hudson River.
- Los Angeles Times

Comics Review: Sailor Twain by Mark Siegel. Roaring Brook/First Second, $14.99 (400p) ISBN 978-1-59643-636-7
In a work that calls to mind Conrad’s enigmatic short story “The Secret Sharer,” we follow the story of Captain Twain, a steamboat captain who discovers a wounded mermaid clinging to the side of his s
- Publishers Weekly


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About the Author

Mark Siegel

Mark Siegel was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and grew up in France. He is the editorial director of First Second and an accomplished writer and illustrator. He is the illustrator of To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel, a Robert F. Sibert Award Honor Book, written by his wife, Siena Cherson Siegel; and author and illustrator of the picture book Moving House, published by Roaring Brook Press.

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Sailor Twain
Or: The Mermaid in the Hudson
Mark Siegel

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Eisner Award Nominee, Washington Post Best Books of the Year, California Library Association - Best Graphic Novels

Hardcover

Hardcover
First Second
October 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781596436367
ISBN10: 1596436360
Graphic Novels
6 x 8 1/2 inches, 400 pages, black and white illustrations throughout
$24.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
First Second
March 2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781596439269
ISBN10: 1596439262
Graphic Novels
6 x 8 1/2 inches, 400 pages, black and white illustrations throughout
$15.99

Kindle Format 8

Kindle Format 8
First Second
June 2013
Kindle Format 8
ISBN: 9781466831537
ISBN10: 1466831537
eBook Picture Book - Amazon400 pages, b/w illustrations throughout
$9.99
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