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Becoming Leidah

Becoming Leidah

A love story set in nineteenth-century Norway, about a woman rescued from the sea, the fisherman who marries her, their tiny and unusually gifted daughter, and the shapeshifter who follows their every move, perfect for fans of Alice Hoffman, Yangsze Choo, Eowyn Ivey, and Neil Gaiman.

The sky opens up... I hear them laugh.
They don’t feel the sadness in the air.
They don’t feel the danger coming, riding in on the wind.


In the hinterlands of old Norway, Leidah Pietersdatter is born blue-skinned, with webbed hands and feet. Upon every turn of season, her mother, Maeva, worries as her daughter’s peculiarities blossom—inside the root of the tiny child, a strange power is taking hold.

Maeva tries to hide the girl from the suspicious townsfolk of the austere village of Ørken, just as she conceals her own magical ancestry from her daughter. And Maeva’s adoring husband, Pieter, wants nothing more than for his new family to be accepted by all. But unlike Pieter, who is blinded by love, Maeva is aware that the villagers, who profess a rigid faith to the new God and claim to have abandoned the old ways, are watching for any sign of transgression—and are eager to pounce and punish.

Following both mother and daughter from the shadows and through time, an inquisitive shapeshifter waits for the Fates to spin their web, and for Maeva to finally reclaim who she once was. And as Maeva’s elusive past begins to beckon, she realizes that she must help her daughter navigate and control her own singular birthright if the child is to survive the human world.

But the protective love Pieter has for his family is threatening the secure life they have slowly built and increasingly becoming a tragic obstacle. Witnessing this, Maeva comes to a drastic conclusion: she must make Leidah promise to keep a secret from Pieter—a perilous one that may eventually free them all.

Titulo:Becoming Leidah
Idioma de edición:English
ISBN:9781982141202
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Acerca de Michelle Grierson

Michelle has been an Arts educator for over 26 years in mainstream and special education classrooms. Her experience and interests include modern dance, dance theatre, fiction writing, expressive arts therapy, painting and mixed media art making. Her debut novel,


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  • Miranda Reads

    Is it just me or is this cover divine????I got a good feeling about this one....

  • Jonathon Neville

    While reading Becoming Leidah, I wondered: What am I ‘becoming’ as I read?How many dimensions of literary delight exist? I think I experienced all here: surprise after surprise – micro to macro ...

  • Joanna Jackson

    Update -- I created a discussion - see below the reviews. Questions about the book? Let's discuss.If it's easier, here's the url: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...-----------4.5 stars, maybe 5....

  • The Starry Library

    A supernatural love story encapsulates a small family as deep as the sea and as cold as ice in this debut story by Michelle Grierson.It follows Leidah, a girl born with blue skin and webbed fingers an...

  • rina

    This was interesting, it explored a part of Norse mythology that I’m not very familiar with. The storytelling was quite ambiguous, or at least the ending was. I really enjoyed the writing, setting, ...

  • Ken Fredette

    I really liked the way Michelle Grierson's made the story of Leidah. And all the different ways Maeva tries to find her pelt and face from Pieter. It begins with Maeva sitting out on the rocks without...

  • Yvette Donaldson

    Can’t wait to read this book!! Storytelling at its best!!...

  • Meghan (plethora_of_pages)

    Becoming Leidah by Michelle Grierson A stunning debut that has left me reeling! For lovers of magical realism/lyrical prose/folklore/historical fiction/Norse mythology or any of the above ...get excit...

  • Amimuff, first of Her Name, Queen of Muffins

    It has happened again.I am lying on my back, flatter than bread. My mother's bare feet slap against my skin, across my belly, my chest. She digs her heels in, at my throat that isn't there. I can see...

  • Sarah-Hope

    Michelle Grierson's Becoming Leidah is one of those titles that does something so new and so unexpected that it almost leaves the reader open-mouthed and astounded. The setting may be familiar for rea...

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