The Pisces

The Pisces

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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Bottoming out after a dramatic breakup, doctoral student Lucy accepts her sister's invitation to dog-sit at her home on Venice Beach for the summer, where she meets an eerily attractive swimmer whose Sirenic identity transforms her understanding of what real love looks like.
Publisher: New York : Hogarth, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781524761578
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9781524761554
1524761559
Branch Call Number: eBook OverDrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource (270 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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xiaojunbpl12
Apr 27, 2019

Dog’s pure love (died), Fish (merman)’s fantasy love (dissolved)...an alt story line had been simmering in my mind to rival her imagination, but with little heart felt consequence. Greek myth borrowed is over-seasoned with not-so-outlandish erotica. Contemporary tidbits showcased at Group is too readily amusing. Outpouring of influenced (depressed, love-sick, medicated) monologue of Lucy made me slight her personal issues. What a waste in nothingness (a good point once) took me on a less thrilling ride to the dark void.

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rweismantle
Apr 16, 2019

If you have a dark sense of humor you will probably enjoy this book. The author has accurately painted a frank portrait of love and relationships in modern times. This is not a light and fluffy (unrealistic) sort of book, but an honest work of fiction that I find very refreshing. You experience the main character's problems with her, and while this book is very much about a love story between a merman and a woman, it is also about the failed loves, imperfect encounters, and uncomfortable feelings that go with love and relationships. This book also puts very real issues of mental illness, codependency, anxiety and abandonment issues into the light which I appreciate because many people can relate to these thing and they are not talked about enough in romantic fiction.

This book is unique, darkly funny, a little bazaar, sexual, captivating and different. I highly recommend this novel.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 12, 2019

"That is why the Greeks needed myth: for that boundary, to know where they stood amidst the infinite."
I don't know it says about our current cultural moment that "The Shape of Water" was 2018's best picture and Melissa Broder's novel, "The Pisces," is highly acclaimed, and, well, they are both about interspecies romances. In short, fish sex. Lucy meets a merman and they fall in love and have sex, which is described in almost pornographic passages (no judgement). You probably shouldn't have sea food while reading this. Also, the below comments could use some editing.

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LaNomada01
Dec 22, 2018

I was lied too. This book is not what it claims to be and you should be fully aware of that before you read. Never has a misleading infuriated me more and honestly it's because it came so out of left-field, I felt as if I had been sucker punched. The book says it's about a romance and comedic. IT IS NOT - it's more about mental health and self-discovery. Which is fine - if that's what you came for. This book is triggering for those of us who have depression or anxiety or bipolar - especially if you didn't know that's what you were in for. SPOILER - Suicide is considered here and there are deaths that have you very uncomfortable. You've been warned.

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.
I would recommend this book for the more adventurous readers whom like subversive alternative fiction. At times this book is very erotic with lots of merman sex. I would say it sometimes even dips into erotica territory (not one of my go-to genres) and to be honest I got bored with the frequent sex scenes and skimmed over some of them. 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.

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krsbozo
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.

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slezotte
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.

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heavenlybooks
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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