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Haroon Butt
(Washington, DC)

"When Mermaids Sing" is not a story. It is a series of stories, a multitude of moments and a wonderful cast of believable characters that the reader actually cares about. I had overlooked the blurb on the book jacket when I began this book and I am glad I did. The short summary does not do the story justice. The summary describes the plot, but the plot is not where the magic of this book lies. The magic comes from journeying with the characters as they discover themselves and the rich world of people, places and events. It comes from experiencing the shock, suspense, awe, sadness, happiness and a variety of other emotions alongside the characters. Living with the characters is where the heart of the story is. The plot, a young public school teacher getting entangled in the counter culture of cults, is merely the backdrop.

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Andrea Love
(Salt Lake City, UT)
This is a well written book, with great attention to grammar and a diverse vocabulary. The story was interesting and rich with detail, but the lead in from the dust jacket is misleadingly focused on an exploration of cults, rather than the exploration of Larry's struggle for identity that is central to the story.

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R. Johnson
“To be clear up front I don’t read novels, but I picked up ‘Mermaids’ at the suggestion of a friend and absolutely loved it… Okay, I wasn’t entirely honest at the beginning – I do occasionally read novels. But they’re typically classics, complex stories written by authors who are (or, more often, were) shrewd observers of the human animal and his foibles. Contemporary fiction seems much more often to be entirely plot-driven, without the depth or satisfaction of true human insight. “When Mermaids Sing” is a delightful exception to this rule; it draws you completely into its characters’ world, a world you’ll be reluctant to leave when the story’s over.”

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Marc Gustafson
“Mark Zvonkovic is one of the few to write about the bizarre cult movements of the 1970’s and the American psyche of the time. He gives readers insight into how these cults developed and how they were perceived by bringing the reader into the troubled mind of Larry Moore, an insecure and cerebral 6th grade teacher… ‘When Mermaids Sing’ raises bold questions and helps readers understand the dynamics of this very transformative period in American history.”

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Mike Boulden
“Mark Zvonkovic has a gift for creating a setting and letting dialogue work to develop the vivid characters and move the plot along, all of which makes When Mermaids Sing a novel well worth reading. In the acknowledgments the author tells us that he put the manuscript for WMS in a box in 1996 and, only with encouragement, pulled it out more than a decade later to rework and create this finished work. Anyone who reads this book will be grateful that he did.”

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A. Bell
“‘Mermaids’ is compelling for the very reason that amidst an unimaginable ordeal, the author has rendered a character to whom we can relate, and in whom we recognize our own desires, attitudes and questions.”

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