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Call of the Selkie [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Hudock

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Book Description

A young woman caught between her love for her mother and her father's mysterious disappearance searches the paintings her father left behind for clues about where he went. Plagued by strange dreams of the sea, her mother's untimely death brings her home again, where she can freely search her father's old studio for answers. A strange trunk in the attic with a rusted padlock holds the missing piece and the truth about all those late night fights that tore her mother and father apart.

Call of the Selkie is a short story and can also be found in The Dark Journeys Short Story collection.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 191 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Double J Media (31 Mar. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003EYVZM6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #930,035 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 22 Aug. 2012
By Grampy - Published on
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"Call of the Selkie" by Jennifer Hudock didn't make a lot of sense to me, until I looked up the meaning of "Selkie" in my dictionary. It is defined as being "a mythical creature that resembles a seal in the water but assumes human form on land." After knowing that, the book made perfect sense, and was actually quite good. The story is about a mother, father, and daughter, told from the point of view of the daughter. Late at night, after she's in bed, she hears her parents fighting every night. Some of what she hears leads her to believe that she is the cause of the fights, until finally one day her father just disappears, never to be seen again. The father had been an avid painter, and his studio was filled with his paintings, all of ocean scenes. The room even seemed to have a faint oceanic smell. Her relationship with her mother was never very good, and one day after she had moved out to her own apartment, she decided to go back to her mother's home and steal all her father's paintings. Mother went ballistic. After several more years of sometimes bitter conflicts, her mother died. Going through all the belongings in the house, she came upon something that finally allowed her to understand what all the fights had been about, and where her father had gone.

This story was interesting, even before I knew what a selkie was. The daughter's point of view seemed to mature as she grew older, which helped move the story along. In many ways it was a morose and very sad tale of a mismatched couple who fell in love, but could never get their personal lives to mesh. After the story was over, I couldn't help but feel a deep sense of sorrow for the unfortunate couple and their equally unfortunate daughter. Although a selkie is a mythical creature, one can't help feeling that many similar marital situations exist, finally ending in broken hearts and homes. I recommend this tale; even though fictional, it presents a harsh dose of reality that people should really understand.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good read 1 April 2012
By Helen Hamilton - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I found myself lost in the story and didn't stop until I was finished at 4 AM!
The selkie called me in just as surely as I was on the island. I did question a bit
of the plot at the end but all in all a nice enjoyment.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars quite interesting 26 Aug. 2012
By Christine Staeven - Published on
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This is a unique tale to me. Quite creative premise wise.

This is a story about a girl who has estranged parents and she really knows nothing about her father other than she feels a strong bond to him and his art. In this story she recalls snippets of family disputes and is unable to piece together what went wrong. Her mother is not forthcoming about her father and has barred the girl from his art room. At a certain age, the girl takes charge and makes a change in the dynamic between her mother and herself. Their relationship is forever changed. And she never really gets to know anything more due to the strain. She is obsessed with memories that merely confuse until the end when she learns an important detail about her father. Though, I must say, it did nothing to enlighten the reader to the dynamic beyond producing evidence of some sort (trying not to give spoiler here) . The real answer this reader was interested in was related to what the father lost (besides that one piece) and how it fit with daughter. It was almost eluded to another love or some such that remained unclear. Perhaps only to me. In any case, it was still interesting and a fast paced read.

I reduced one star due to a number of errors missed in editing. A piece this short should really be error free (or nearly) .

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story 2 April 2010
By Patrick Pillars Jr. - Published on
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Jennifer Hudock does it again. Call of the Selkie is an excellent short story. Using rich, detailed descriptions, Ms. Hudock draws the reader into the emotional turmoil of a family torn apart but with a delightful twist. Once again, I wanted the story to continue, to see where it would lead. This is another fine addition to the Dark Journeys Collection.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars in some ways, so real you can touch it 23 Aug. 2012
By J. Gunnar Grey - Published on
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An interesting tale. Beautiful writing, realistic characters, setting so real you can touch it. But I really wanted more of a resolution. That sudden, can-you-figure-out-what-she'll-do-next sort of ending never leaves me satisfied. Still a good read.
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