The Pisces

The Pisces

An original, imaginative, and hilarious debut novel about love, anxiety, and sea creatures, from the author of So Sad Today.

Lucy has been writing her dissertation about Sappho for thirteen years when she and Jamie break up. After she hits rock bottom in Phoenix, her Los Angeles-based sister insists Lucy housesit for the summer—her only tasks caring for a beloved diabetic dog and trying to learn to care for herself. Annika’s home is a gorgeous glass cube atop Venice Beach, but Lucy can find no peace from her misery and anxiety—not in her love addiction group therapy meetings, not in frequent Tinder meetups, not in Dominic the foxhound’s easy affection, not in ruminating on the ancient Greeks. Yet everything changes when Lucy becomes entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer one night while sitting alone on the beach rocks.

Whip-smart, neurotically funny, sexy, and above all, fearless, The Pisces is built on a premise both sirenic and incredibly real—what happens when you think love will save you but are afraid it might also kill you.

Title:The Pisces
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781524761554
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    The Pisces Reviews

  • Navessa

    This is…not an easy book to read, or review, for that matter. I think readers will be really divided over it. It’s one of those that you’re either going to love, or fucking hate.Right up front y...

  • Larry H

    "Did it take a mythological deformity to find a gorgeous man who was as needy as I was?"So, if you watched the film The Shape of Water and thought to yourself, "I wish I could find a sea creature to...

  • Hannah

    This is not a book for everyone, but it was very much a book for me. I was hooked from the very first page and could not stop thinking about this book in the breaks between reading it (I went on a 4-d...

  • Jessica Sullivan

    I never knew merman erotica was what was missing in my life until I read The Pisces. If existential angst, ennui, and mythical sea creatures speak to you on a profound level of your being, you really ...

  • Theresa

    Thank you, Penguin Random House for sending me "The Pisces" by Melissa Broder, in exchange for an honest review. Absolute insanity! Holy smokes - what a freaky little novel, and yet I was thoroughly e...

  • Amelia

    I am romantically obsessed with this book....

  • Jaclyn Crupi

    This was EVERYTHING I want from fiction and I loved it without reservation. It’s been so long since I fell so hard and so completely for a novel. Perfection. It’s that funny/depressing exploration...

  • Rachel

    I want to make this clear for those of you who get recommendations off me: The Pisces is not my usual kind of book. Anything shelved as both fantasy and romance would ordinarily get an automatic pass ...

  • Kaisha

    A novel about existential malaise and destructive love which is fantastic and raw, like a weird combination of a Maggie Nelson piece and Bridget Jones. I loved this book, however the Maggie Nelson com...

  • Ellen ? Book Bellas ?

    "These things never happened but always are." An instant classic. How to describe a story that is smart, incredibly funny, profoundly sad and highly erotic? Oh yes, and there’s a merman, too! I lov...