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Madison Author Examines Unhappy Marriage on the Shore in 'Sea Creatures'

Harper Collins

It took ten years for Wisconsin writer Susanna Daniel’s first novel to go from inception to bookstores. Stiltsville told the story of a long and generally happy marriage and its sad ending.

Her new novel is different in a couple of key ways – the marriage at its heart isn’t so happy, and found its way to print much more quickly.

But there’s one key similarity – Sea Creatures returns us to south Florida and the community of off-shore houses called Stiltsville. It tells the story of the unraveling of the marriage between Georgia and Graham, Graham’s struggles with parasomnia, and their son’s seeming inability to talk.

Susanna Daniel lives in Madison, where she is part of the Madison Writers’ Studio. She’ll be at Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee tomorrow evening to read from her book – but if you just can’t wait, you can hear her read two excerpts from it below.

Susanna Daniel reads from "Sea Creatures."
Susanna Daniel reads another excerpt from "Sea Creatures."
A character in Susanna Daniel's new novel was inspired by a real-life sleepwalking incident involving comedian Mike Birbiglia. Birbiglia spoke with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich about it in 2009.