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|Mermaids is narrated in the first person by Charlotte Flax, a 15-year-old girl living with her eccentric mother, Rachel (whom she calls "Mrs. Flax"), and sister, Kate. Kate calls her mother by her given name. The narration begins in early fall 1963, just as Rachel's latest fling with her married ...||
|A girl named Chrissie Watkins leaves a party on Massachusetts's Amity Island and goes skinny dipping. While swimming out near a buoy, she is seized by something from below; it thrashes her around and drags her down. Chrissie is reported missing and her remains are later found on the beach by pol...||