The Pisces (Paperback)Melissa Broder (author)
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Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019
Lucy has been writing her dissertation for nine years when she and her boyfriend have a dramatic break up. After she hits rock bottom, her sister in Los Angeles insists that Lucy dog-sit for the summer.
Staying in a gorgeous house on Venice Beach, Lucy can find little relief from her anxiety - not in the Greek chorus of women in her love addiction therapy group, not in her frequent Tinder excursions, not even in Dominic the dog's easy affection.
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.
A sharply written satire on captalist America and a thoroughly modern - and eye-openingly graphic - erotic fantasy, The Pisces is a smart novel that's frank in its skewering of the angst, unease and ennui of twenty-first century life. Merciless in its black humour, it's a blackly brilliant depiction of a woman's life set on fire by the siren-call of a seductive, mythical escape.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 196 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'Of all the books that I read this summer I think this was my absolute favourite. It really blew me away. Phenomenally written ... [Broder's] writing is so creative and can be so abstract and so unexpected while also being so universal and earthy and funny. It was raw and powerful and it made me cry' - Dolly Alderton'Bizarrely brilliant. What should you be reading this summer? A tragi-comic interspecies love story with undertones of ancient Greek philosophy and sex-positive feminism. Obviously' - The Times
'A frank, provocative, and brilliant debut that blends fantasy with realism as Broder examines just how unusual a shape love can take - The debut novelists to know this year' - Independent
'This is love in the age of consumer capitalism, and Broder is pin-sharp on its disillusionments ... In a culture like this, who could resist the siren call of a non-human creature who is fulfilled and complete in himself? ... It's a knife-tip dissection of 21st-century anomie, and its clear-sighted depiction of muddy-headed people makes for bracing reading - like a dip in the freezing, salty sea.' - The Guardian
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