Mermaids in the Basement by Michael Lee West, 291 pages
"Mermaids in the Basement" is a light novel about the deep south. Renata's mother has recently died and her high-profile boyfriend seems to be having a high-profile affair on a movie set in Ireland. Renata is depressed and is suffering from writer's block. She leaves the coast of North Carolina to go visit her grandmother in Alabama.
Once in Alabama, she also reconnects with her father and her past. This may be a book about the deep south, but the book itself isn't very deep. Sometimes that's okay and this one one of those times. I'm not sure I'll pick up another book by Michael Lee West, but I don't regret the time spent relaxing with this one.