(From the publisher):
Miracle or fraud? That is the question everyone is asking in The Sooterkin, a novel that revolves around the bizarre birth of a child who appears to be more seal than human. As the extraordinary news spreads through the penal colony of Van Diemen's Land (present-day Tasmania) during the winter of 1821, mystified residents flock to investigate. The local reverend hypothesizes a virgin birth, but the town's resident science "expert" suspects that the pup may be akin to the mysterious sooterkin—a monstrous, mythical creature born to women in Holland. In spite of its unusual physiology, the child's mother and brother accept the family's newest member and protect it from the clutches of outsiders, who want to exploit the sooterkin baby for profit.
Original title: The Sooterkin
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ The Antipodes (everything Else)
Fiction→ Fantasy→ Historical