Love with the proper amphibian.

Mrs. Caliban by Rachel IngallsLove affairs with creatures from black lagoons might be having a moment; Guillermo del Toro's film "The Shape of Water" features a green-scaled research subject paired with a mute lab worker. But before "The Shape of Water" there was MRS. CALIBAN.

Originally published in 1983, Mrs. Caliban is bound to be this season's secret weapon in literary cocktail banter. Newly reissued, Rachel Ingalls surrealist novella "Mrs. Caliban" is the story of a romance between a lonely housewife and an amphibious humanoid. "Mrs. Caliban" had been reviewed widely and warmly. Praise from heavy-hitters such as Ursula K. Le Guin, Joyce Carol Oates, and Eleanor Catton helped this novella to survive and thrive.

When we first meet Dorothy Caliban, she is a broken woman, trapped in a bad marriage in a boring suburb when a frogman escapes from captivity. Larry -Dorothy's tall, green, handsome stranger- is on the lam, having escaped from the local Institute for Oceanographic Research after killing the scientists who were studying him. He breaks into the house looking for food while Dorothy is making dinner for her husband. Instead of feeaking out, she befriends him, hides him in her house and they begin a strange and oddly romantic relationship.

Find Mrs. Caliban in WPPL's NEW BOOKS section under SF Ingalls, Rachel.

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For more short stories about aquatic love, keep your eyes peeled for "The Largesse of the Sea Maiden" by Denis Johnson, coming soon.