Mercury by Hope LarsonA Reading Group GuideABOUT THE BOOK
In 1859 French Hill, Nova Scotia, Josey Fraser has just met handsome Asa Curry, a man with a mysterious and traveled past. While quickly winning young Josey's heart, Asa reveals a secret ability to locate gold on the Fraser’s farm. Thrilled he has struck it rich, Asa is devastated when Josey’s father refuses to let him mine the gold. With his hopes of fortune dashed, Asa turns to desperate measures with tragic results. . . .
In the same town one hundred fifty years later, Tara Fraser is dealing with the aftermath of her house burning down, a house that has been in her family—and Josey’s—for generations. While her mother works in another city and Tara reacclimates to public high school, she discovers a pendant that turns out to be much more than a simple heirloom. As her ancestor’s mysterious past reveals itself, Tara’s story emerges with the promise of gold.
A compelling combination of history and romance, marked with Larson’s signature magical realism, Mercury
is an extraordinary depiction of two girls tied by blood and separated by time.ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hope Larson is the author of Chiggers
, Gray Horses
, and Salamander Dream
, which Publishers Weekly
named one of 2005’s best comics. She won a 2007 Eisner Award, the highest honor for a comic artist.