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

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Title:The Pisces
Author:Melissa Broder
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:The Pisces
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:270 pages pages

The Pisces Reviews

  • Amelia
    Feb 06, 2018
    I am romantically obsessed with this book. ...
  • Victor
    Feb 23, 2018
    Extremely funny and, simultaneously, unbelievably crushing. A spiritual successor to Rachel Ingall's Mrs. Caliban, but where Larry the inter-dimensional sea creature was a manifestation of Caliban's loneliness, Theo the merman is a manifestation of a fantasy love from Lucy's struggles ...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    Dec 13, 2017
    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 won't want to miss this. Listless after her latest breakup, Lucy temporarily reloca...
  • Thomas
    Jun 30, 2018
    I love how Melissa Broder literally writes about poop, sex, and falling in love with a merman to cope with the pain that comes from being alive. Similar to her soul-probing nonfiction work So Sad Today , Broder brings such a distinct, interesting, and neurotically self-aware voice to ...
  • Samantha
    Aug 11, 2017
    Sometimes a book comes along that you know you'll love and you do love it that much and more. Ever since August 11, 2017 when Hogarth Books posted about their upcoming release The Pisces on their Instagram, I was looking forward to this novel. I also became obsessed with Melissa Broder...
  • Julie Ehlers
    May 11, 2018
    Okay, so, this book is bonkers. If you've read the description on Goodreads or elsewhere, you may have sussed out that, after an abrupt breakup with her longtime boyfriend, our heroine Lucy has a bit of a breakdown and escapes her home in Phoenix to house- and dog-sit in Venice Beach. ...
  • Emily
    May 09, 2018
    This book is insane, gleefully and wholeheartedly insane. The basic plot summary is this: after the breakup of her long-term relationship, Lucy spends a summer in Venice Beach and falls in love with a merman. They have a ton of merman sex, described in realistic and detailed prose. (Th...
  • Wendy Ortiz
    Mar 18, 2018
    Sustained hilarious smart tragic deep beautiful. ...
  • Ilana
    May 02, 2018
    Viciously realistic and fantastic at the same time. The thought patterns exemplified here are so so so attuned to depression that it's terrifyingly wonderful. ...
  • Susannah
    May 07, 2018
    Already a big fan of Broder, but this first foray into fiction might be my favorite of all. The initial reviews kept pointing out how bleak it was, but I must be used to her humor by now because I found far more laughs here than darkness. Surprisingly plot-driven and a super satisfying...
  • Erin Cataldi
    May 10, 2018
    File this under, holy smokes what in the hell did I just read?!?!? I am a sucker for bizarre novels and let me tell you, this one takes the freaking cake. For being so odd, it was superbly well written! The one second summary is that this is MERMAN. EROTICA. Yes, you read that correctl...
  • Rachel
    Apr 25, 2018
    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 from me. But this wonderful review from Hannah piqued my curiosity, so against my bett...
  • Ova Incekaraoglu
    Apr 10, 2018
    A novel that could to be sad and hilarious at the same time. I would never have imagined I'd find a book disturbing but will still will be able to love it. We follow the story of Lucy, who loses her long-term boyfriend over an angry blurt-out confession and moves away to California...
  • Ova Incekaraoglu
    Apr 10, 2018
    Full review here A novel that could to be sad and hilarious at the same time. I would never have imagined I'd find a book disturbing but will still will be able to love it. We follow the story of Lucy, who loses her long-term boyfriend over an angry blurt-out confession and move...
  • Kaisha
    Sep 20, 2017
    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 comp should warn you - this book describes in graphic detail bodily functions - but it is...
  • Larry H
    May 22, 2018
    "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, well, you know," then Melissa Broder's new book, The Pisces , is for you. I did...
  • Rebecca Foster
    Apr 21, 2018
    At first I thought this was one of those funny, quirky but somewhat insubstantial novels about a thirtysomething stuck with a life she isn?t sure she wants ? something along the lines of Goodbye, Vitamin, The Portable Veblen, or All Grown Up. Then I thought it was just a crass sex ...
  • Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
    Apr 07, 2018
    I received a free e-ARC through First to Read from the publishers at Penguin Random House. I need to stop being pulled in by that siren tag of ?literary fiction.? Clearly, publishers and I have very different ideas about what that is. (?You keep using that word. I do not think it...
  • Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
    May 12, 2018
    "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 love this author! Honestly, I have been having a hard time letting go of Lucy and ...
  • Tori (InToriLex)
    Apr 29, 2018
    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex The unlikable protagonist in this book made me want to reach in and shake her. The people who have liked this tale of Lucy finding herself on Venice beach and making increasingly selfish and self destructive choices have emphasized that it'...
  • Maja Lisa
    Jan 27, 2018
    This book is about nothing. Or, to be more specific, it is about destructiveness and emptiness and how it feels to exist. Do our lives amount to nothing? Why is modern existence so hard to understand? Why shouldn't mermen exist? Lucy is a character I found darkly compelling. She ...
  • Swaye
    Sep 06, 2018
    This is, without doubt, one of the absolute worst books I've ever read. ...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Jul 02, 2018
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ I read this on Friday while sitting at multiple baseball games in the 1,000,000 degree heat. By Sunday I decided enough was enough with the baseballing and took the youngest fishing while waiting with baited breath for my...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    May 11, 2018
    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 of existential pain, suffering and ennui I love so much while being the exact kind of...
  • Navessa
    Jan 10, 2018
    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 you need to know that while this book is marketed as a romance, it doesn?t read...
  • Michelle
    May 16, 2018
    Author Melissa Broder is known for her expertise and writing on psychological conditions which was the theme of her bestselling memoir ?So Sad Today? (2016). In her debut novel, ?The Pisces? Broder takes her writing to a new enchanting level when the protagonist falls in deeply...
  • Theresa
    Apr 09, 2018
    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 entertained. I think this going to be one of those books that people will either re...
  • Hannah
    Apr 04, 2018
    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-day hike in-between and would constantly mull over this book while walking). The book s...
  • Bruno Zogma
    Apr 22, 2018
    Such profound understanding of emptiness, need, betrayal, transformation. The narrator pushes herself to her own limits: "If I died for him, it was kind of like him not texting me back on a cosmic level." Love is a thing with scales. ...
  • arianna
    Mar 15, 2018
    i received this book for free in a goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. i will write this review in the nicest way possible...i did not enjoy this book at all. it opens up with a statement about how intimate picking up the feces of her sister's dog is, which i should...