The Oyster Thief

A Novel

An Underwater Odyssey

Filled with adventure and intrigue, The Oyster Thief plunges readers into a vast underwater world harboring a mysterious secret.

Coralline is a mermaid in the Atlantic Ocean whose idyllic life is ruined by an oil spill that gravely sickens her little brother. Desperate to save him, she embarks on a quest to find a legendary elixir.

She encounters a human man, Izar, who’s left his life on land behind to find a cure for his dying father. What he doesn’t tell Coralline is that he works for Ocean Dominion, a corporation whose ships plunder the waters she calls home.

Their quest for the elixir pushes the two of them together, even though their worlds are at odds. Their pasts threaten to tear them apart, while a growing attraction adds to the danger. Ultimately, each of them faces an impossible choice. Should Coralline remain with the world she knows, including her fiancé, or should she relinquish everything for a stranger who might betray her? And Izar holds a secret of his own—one that might cause him to lose Coralline forever.

Magnificent and moving, set against a breathtaking ocean landscape, The Oyster Thief is an enthralling debut novel destined to become a classic.

Project Animal Farm


  • Finalist for 2017 International Book Awards
  • Runner-up for 2016 New England Book Festival Award
  • Finalist for 2015 Chautauqua Prize

A critically acclaimed work of global investigative journalism

An engaging account about this most secretive of global enterprises.

J. M. Coetzee, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

Sonia had no idea that the night she arrived at the doorstep of a dairy farm would mark the beginning of a journey that would ultimately wind all the way around the world. Over the course of living with farmers, hitchhiking with strangers, and risking her life, she developed surprising insights and solutions, both about the food industry and herself. Delving into issues of animal welfare, human health, and the environment, Project Animal Farm aims to make the world a better place for all its inhabitants.

People will be talking about this book for decades.

John Robbins, author of The Food Revolution

Sonia Faruqi

Author | Speaker

Sonia pushes the boundaries of imagination in her debut novel The Oyster Thief, an underwater odyssey. She is also the author of critically acclaimed Project Animal Farm, about the world’s food system. A skilled storyteller and speaker, she lives in Toronto, Canada.