Est. 2009

Leapfrog Global Fiction Prize

My Sister Lives in the Sea


Through the eyes of her protagonist, Hazel Hawthorne, Faith Shearin shows us how one family can endure danger, illness, separation, and grief, using folklore as both escape and salvation.

My Sister Lives in the Sea weaves together folklore and life on a barrier island; the Hawthorne family fights through divorce and loss as Bigfoot lurks nearby.

Mermaids, sleeping sickness, Bigfoot, ghostly ships–this novel-in-stories weaves them all together with the joys and sorrows of the Hawthorne family. This novel-in-stories is both steeped in fairy tale and firmly planted in the sand at the edge of North Carolina, with the Hawthorne family deftly moving between the two. Follow Hazel Hawthorne as she navigates her parents’ separation, hunts for Bigfoot along North Carolina’s coast, and grapples with sleeping sickness and other lurking dangers. Faith Shearin takes us on a ride through folklore, fairy tales, tragedy, grief, and healing in this riveting novel-in-stories.

“Close to perfect, beautifully limpid, but also with great power and that elusive quality of strangeness” Carnegie Medal Winner – Anthony McGowan


Faith Shearin’s books of poetry include: The Owl Question (May Swenson Award), Moving the Piano (SFA University Press), Telling the Bees (SFA University Press), Orpheus, Turning (Dogfish Head Poetry Prize), Darwin’s Daughter (SFA University Press), and Lost Language (Press 53). Her short stories have appeared in The Missouri Review, Meridian, Literal Latte, Atticus Review, Frigg and Bellevue Literary Review among others. She won the 2021 Leapfrog Global Young Adult Fiction Prize for her novel Lost River, 1918. She has received awards from Yaddo, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Recent work has been read aloud on The Writer’s Almanac and included in American Life in Poetry.


  • My Sister Lives in the Sea
  • ISBN: 978-1948585651
  • Length: 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches

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