Set in coastal Maine, THE FISH DRESS tells the story of what happens when 48-year-old divorcee Nora Jenkins finds a second-hand dress. Made of black linen and imprinted with fish skeletons and tribal symbols, it’s a perfect fit. Never before has Nora felt so good about herself nor had such a magical effect on others, although there is a shadow side to the dress.
About Carol Parker
Carol Parker is the author of THE FISH DRESS, a debut novel. If you like women’s fiction with magical elements, you’ll want to read this book. To date, Carol has published two children’s books. Her writing passions also include poetry and songwriting. She has an MS in Literacy from the University of Maine.
When Carol’s not writing or teaching, she enjoys hiking, yoga, visiting family and exploring spirituality. Committed to reducing the stigma and shame of mental illness and addiction, Carol volunteers for organizations whose mission is to fight the disease.
Mother of two adult children, Carol lives in the Connecticut River Valley with her three cats—Jordan, Peppa, and Kuro.
Praise & Reviews
THE FISH DRESS is absolutely amazing! I love the images and the descriptive language, the
organic flow of story, and the threads of mystery and illusion that compelled me to keep
reading. Perhaps the greatest strength of this story lies in its characters and the author’s
capacity to impact the reader at a deep emotional level.
I adore protagonist Nora for her vulnerability and imperfections. At one point, bound by
past failures, she cries out in desperation, “It’s too late. I’ve strayed too far from
goodness.” That part drove me to tears. Several times during the reading, I had to
pause and come back to reality to catch my breath.
I love the feeling in my heart when in the end Nora perseveres, and hope prevails.
– SALLY JORDAN
A mystical, twirling energy permeates the pages of this story, set in a Maine coastal tourist town
where Nora lives a broken life. Enter, a mysterious dress with fish bones and tribal symbols;
Nora instantly feels its power and claims the dress as hers, hoping it will somehow reconcile
her with her estranged daughter. Nora turns to a psychic medium to help uncover the dress’s
secrets and restore her daughter and her to wholeness.
I believe in this story for its unique story line, strong dialogue, and sympathetic characters. With
good elements of mystery and magic, it is a drama of hope. I would love to see a sequel or series
come out of THE FISH DRESS—more about Nora’s daughter, the psychic, and the dress. I’m
– ROSLYN CARRIER-BRAULT