Myla Alvarez, novice, walks into the Sonoran desert near Tucson, Arizona, and begins telling stories about the Old Mermaids who were washed ashore onto the New Desert when the Old Sea dried up. In this mystical new world, they lived, created, and walked in beauty. Myla finds sustenance and meaning in their lives and stories. But she worries that Homeland Security may discover the illegal immigrants she harbors at the Old Mermaid Sanctuary. When an old friend reenters her life, Myla begins to doubt herself and the wisdom of preserving the Old Mermaid Sanctuary. Will the Old Mermaids come to her aid? Church of the Old Mermaids is a tale of redemption, love, compassion, and mystery.
Here’s what Charles de Lint has to say about Church of the Old Mermaids:
Kim often writes books I wish I’d written, but I’m more than happy to be able to sit back and simply absorb them instead. She was the author of one of my all-time favorite novels, Coyote Cowgirl. Now, with Church of the Old Mermaids, she’s the author of two. The book is brilliant.