Jaimee Wriston Colbert
In her new novel, Colbert (Dream Lives of Butterflies, Climbing the God Tree) explores the intersections of loss and desire in a world ruled by accidents of fate. Set in Hawaii and Maine, Shark Girls is narrated by two women unwittingly linked by a shark bite disaster: Scat, a recovering alcoholic and disaster photographer and Gracie, a victim of a disfiguring accident. Interspersed with shark lore, Shark Girls has been praised by Bobbie Ann Mason as a novel of “lively detail, bold characterization, and a compelling plot,” and by Madison Smartt Bell as “a mesmerizing novel, vibrant with eroticism, myth, and mystery.”
Shark Girls is about two women whose lives are transformed by a shark attack that amputates a child's leg. It is narrated by "Scat," the older sister of the victim, now a reformed drunk and a "disaster photographer," alternating with the story of "Gracie," a casualty of a disfiguring accident, who becomes obsessed with "Shark Girl," as the younger sister is known, rumored to have supernatural powers, who at the start of the novel has disappeared.