The Book of Speculation is by Erika Swyler. When Simon Watson, a librarian, receives a book from a man he doesn't know he is intrigued. The book appears to be an old journal from a traveling circus that mentions his family. The women in his family appear to have been mermaids or tarot card readers in numerous traveling carnivals over the centuries - and they all appear to have drowned on the same day. That day is now approaching and his sister, Enola, has returned home with the carnival she travels with. Simon is terrified she will drown herself in less than a week, if he doesn't find a way to break a centuries old family curse. This book plumes the depths of family relationships and how our lives overlap down through the years. A wonderful read!
Ratings: 11th grade - 9 out of 10 - P (profanity) - AC (mature thematic content).