Silence of the Seamaid
by Ann Medlock
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Pub Date 05 May 2022 | Archive Date Not set
A Story of Love, Fear, and Misogyny
Dive into second-wave feminism, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, gurus, hippies, Mafiosi, the Pill, the Beatles, class distinctions, astrology, but most of all, the eternal mystery of what's going on between men and women.
Ann Medlock's roman á clef follows Lee Palmer, a smart woman swimming solo against the powerful tides of the Mad Men era—a time not designed for a divorced mom working “outside the home.” Beset by nightmares of homelessness, Lee welcomes the safety of having a knight protector, the brilliant, charming Joe Montagna, who becomes the greatest danger she’s ever faced.
Silence of the Seamaid will piss you off and break your heart—it will also make you laugh out loud. And maybe even cheer.
“It’s not uncommon for women in their 80s to publish a memoir disguised as a novel. What Ann Medlock has done is without precedent: a crisply-told story of a talented, under-resourced woman who marries a white knight, discovers the monster lurking in him, and frees herself. I cheered as much for “Lee Palmer” as for the writer who produced this beautiful unicorn.” —Jesse Kornbluth, aka Head Butler, a cultural concierge
“...a powerful poetic exploration of the challenges faced by women yearning for independence in a patriarchal world.” —Independent Book Review
“This marvelously written epic lays bare a woman’s awakening at the dawn of second-wave feminism.” —BookLife Editor’s Pick review
“... an emotional rollercoaster with ups and downs along the way and a compelling main character you find yourself urging to succeed from the sidelines.” —LoveReadingUK
“Silence of the Seamaid is Jane Austen with sex.” —Goody Cable, Proprietor of a readers’ paradise, The Sylvia Beach Hotel, home of the Jane Austen Room
“I started Silence of the Seamaid last night in my favorite reading venue ... the bathtub. All the water ran out and I was still sitting there reading. It’s that good. Brilliant.” —Wynne Crombie, Writer & Educator
“Medlock’s ripping yarn will be on my shelf next to Amy Tan, Thomas McGuane, Wallace Stegner and Barbara Kingsolver.” —Peter Tavernise, Executive/Leadership coach & artist
“I had to shake myself mentally when I was done with Silence of the Seamaid, to force myself to emerge from the world the book created. It was a very intense experience.” —Joan Brunwasser, Editor, OpEdNews
“Medlock’s protagonist is a female, modern-day, Odysseus. Tested time and time again, her complex and varied adventures are not about conquering kingdoms or blinding Cyclops—they are about learning how to live one’s own life with the utmost authenticity and integrity. Such riches as these are beyond measure.” —Susan S. Scott, Jungian Psychotherapist & Writer
“The prose is poetry, yet completely unselfconscious, and that ain’t easy.” —Robert Page Jones, Screenwriter & Novelist
“Ann Medlock masterfully pulls off an archetypal hero’s journey novel with elegant yet unobtrusive prose and deftly drawn complex characters. Set in the turbulent 60s and stultifying 70s, Silence of the Seamaid would be suitable fare for a sociology course in gender or for a meaty literature class ... I hope Ann Medlock is teaching the art of writing and I hope she writes many more novels.” —Carol Squire, Sufi Dervish, founder Akhaldans 4th Way School