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THE LADY OF THE SEA


A novel by Branka Valčić

Flower

THE LADY OF THE SEA


A novel by Branka Valčić

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On an island steeped with tradition there is one story that has been told for generations: the story of the Lady of the Sea. Grandma Antica, the village healer, shares the story with Mareta, an island girl whose name means a wave. Although Mareta loves hearing the story about the Lady of the Sea, something about the story doesn’t feel quite right to her.

When a series of omens leads Mareta’s family to make a drastic change, Mareta loses her home, her purpose, and her self-identity. Following omens of her own and learning to trust her intuition, Mareta searches for herself and the true story of the Lady of the Sea.

 

On an island steeped with tradition there is one story that has been told for generations: the story of the Lady of the Sea. Grandma Antica, the village healer, shares the story with Mareta, an island girl whose name means a wave. Although Mareta loves hearing the story about the Lady of the Sea, something about the story doesn’t feel quite right to her.

When a series of omens leads Mareta’s family to make a drastic change, Mareta loses her home, her purpose, and her self-identity. Following omens of her own and learning to trust her intuition, Mareta searches for herself and the true story of the Lady of the Sea.

 

On an island steeped with tradition there is one story that has been told for generations: the story of the Lady of the Sea. Grandma Antica, the village healer, shares the story with Mareta, an island girl whose name means a wave. Although Mareta loves hearing the story about the Lady of the Sea, something about the story doesn’t feel quite right to her.

When a series of omens leads Mareta’s family to make a drastic change, Mareta loses her home, her purpose, and her self-identity. Following omens of her own and learning to trust her intuition, Mareta searches for herself and the true story of the Lady of the Sea.

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The Lady of the Sea is a heartfelt triumph of a novel, as much a meditation on mending damaged family ties as it is a chronicle of one young woman’s search for the truth behind the mythology of a curse. Branka Valcic imagines the Island of Školj so vibrantly that it transforms, alongside its rich cast of inhabitants, into a character in its own right. The captivating journey at the heart of the story will leave readers entranced by the alluring voice of the Lady of the Sea as she beckons Mareta from across the waves.

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The Lady of the Sea is a heartfelt triumph of a novel, as much a meditation on mending damaged family ties as it is a chronicle of one young woman’s search for the truth behind the mythology of a curse. Branka Valcic imagines the Island of Školj so vibrantly that it transforms, alongside its rich cast of inhabitants, into a character in its own right. The captivating journey at the heart of the story will leave readers entranced by the alluring voice of the Lady of the Sea as she beckons Mareta from across the waves.

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Branka Valčić


Branka Valčić was born in Zagreb, Croatia. At the age of twenty-three she left Croatia to make Alaska her home. After ten years she returned to Europe with her husband and a young son. During summer she lives with her family on a sailing boat in the Croatian Adriatic. The Lady of the Sea is her first novel.

 

Branka Valčić


Branka Valčić was born in Zagreb, Croatia. At the age of twenty-three she left Croatia to make Alaska her home. After ten years she returned to Europe with her husband and a young son. During summer she lives with her family on a sailing boat in the Croatian Adriatic. The Lady of the Sea is her first novel.

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