From Christchurch to China, from mattress manufacture to Burmese medicine, these true stories explore one man’s experience with the exotic and the mundane. Witty, perceptive, and often surprising,
The Mermaid Boy introduces striking new ways to write about love, travel, and home.
read like fiction, with their artful crafting of unlikely events – there’s a slow boat to China,
a kid in a mermaid suit, and a dildo on a doorknob in a dingy flat in Christchurch.
It’s non-fiction as murky realism, and its down low, observational, fun.’
– Steve Braunias