The Pisces

The Pisces

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"Lucy has been writing her dissertation on Sappho for nine years when she and her boyfriend break up in a dramatic flameout. After she bottoms out in Phoenix, her sister in Los Angeles insists Lucy dog-sit for the summer ... but Lucy can find little relief from her anxiety ... Everything changes when Lucy becomes entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer while sitting alone on the beach rocks one night. But when Lucy learns the truth about his identity, their relationship, and Lucy's understanding of what love should look like, take a very unexpected turn"
Publisher: New York : Hogarth, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781524761554
Characteristics: 270 pages ; 22 cm


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Raindancer Dec 04, 2018

A woman moves to Venice Beach for the summer and falls into romantic obsession with a merman whose tail starts below the d**k.
Yes at times this book is very erotic with lots of merman sex. I would say it sometimes dips into erotica territory, not one of my go-to genres and to be honest I skimmed over some of the more descriptive sex scenes. But in true Melissa Broder fashion this story is also very bleak (She is the poet behind the cult Twitter account -So Sad Today, which was also made into a book). This is a very dark comedy gently poking fun at the modern day dating landscape and the absurdities that women can go through when looking for connection in the world.

Oct 27, 2018

One of the most sexually explicit books I've read in a while. Graphic sex told from the female perspective. Somewhat beastial in nature. I was a bit uncomfortable most of the way through this novel... and perhaps that was the intention. It's not comfortable to live inside the mind of someone whose life is out of control due to addiction -- in this case, an addiction to love and lust.

Sep 13, 2018

Evidently, The Pisces is what happens when you combine superb writing with a sense of humor and a whacked out plot. This isn't a "romance novel" for those looking for a traditional love story and graphic sex. This is for any reader out there that enjoys a tongue in cheek look at the absurdity of modern romance while still exploring why many of us feel inept at love. You will likely end this book asking yourself, "What the **** did I just read?" But you know, in a good way. Just don't bring it to Book Club.

Sep 07, 2018

Loved this book - but who to tell about it? Most friends don't have sex anymore, those who do probably wouldn't like the main character, some might be shocked but surely I know someone who would appreciate it....oh, I'll try an old friend in Tucson who used to be a wild girl long ago.

OPL_ErinD Apr 03, 2018

Don't let the cover and plot summary fool you, this really isn't a book about a woman who falls in love with a merman - although that does happen. This is a book about depression and obsession and mental illness. I would not recommend this to a lot of people, but that doesn't mean it's not a worthy read.


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