The Pisces by Melissa Broder

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...

Details The Pisces

TitleThe Pisces
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherHogarth Press
GenreFiction, Fantasy, Romance, Contemporary

Reviews The Pisces

  • 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 you need to know that while this book is marketed as a romance, it doesn’t read like one. This is more like women’s fiction, where the majority of the story is dominated by the female lead and her anxiety and obsessions. The merman sex doesn’t c...
  • 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, well, you know," then Melissa Broder's new book, The Pisces , is for you. I didn't know there was such a thing as merman erotica, but here it is. (Seriously.)Lucy's life is falling to pieces. She's been working on her doctoral dissertation on Sapp...
  • 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-day hike in-between and would constantly mull over this book while walking). The book starts when Lucy has apparently already hit rock bottom: her boyfriend has left her, her thesis supervisors give her a deadline to finally finish writing the thesis ...
  • 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 won't want to miss this.Listless after her latest breakup, Lucy temporarily relocates to Venice Beach to dog-sit at her sister's beautiful home. There she attends group therapy for love addicts and attempts to cope with an ever-growing void of despai...
  • 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 from me. But this wonderful review from Hannah piqued my curiosity, so against my better judgment I decided to request it and leave it up to the Netgalley gods to see whether or not I'd read it. I was approved approximately 2 minutes later, so that w...
  • Amelia
    I am romantically obsessed with this book.
  • arianna
    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 have immediately pinned as a red flag that this book would be unenjoyable at the least.but i kept reading the book's defense, i did read this book in about three...
  • 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 of existential pain, suffering and ennui I love so much while being the exact kind of weird that speaks to me. Broder takes us deep into the void (as she did in her essay collection SO SAD TODAY) and offers us the absurd – merman love! – and I w...
  • 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 entertained. I think this going to be one of those books that people will either really like, or really hate. I would've easily given "The Pisces" 5 stars, but I was turned off by a couple of sex scenes, (I won't tell you which ones) so I had to dock ...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: 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 very own merman to come out of the pond. What I got instead?????? Yep, those are port-a-johnnies. I guess mermaid sex just isn’t in the cards for me. *shrug*Now abou...
  • 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 comp should warn you - this book describes in graphic detail bodily functions - but it is not gratuitous. The relationship women have to their bodies is often overlooked or sanitized - this book takes the raw, bloody and vulnerable experience of female ...
  • Thomas
    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 her novel The Pisces. I am certain that some people will despise this book, as Broder writes graphically about messy sexual encounters and other R-rated things, and...
  • 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 love this author!Honestly, I have been having a hard time letting go of Lucy and Theo. A book that mixes humor and eroticism AND Greek mythology? A THOUSAND YESSES TO THE PISCES!! Lucy is despondent (but still neurotically funny) after a messy break-up w...
  • Michelle
    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 love with a man of the sea. While there are things unknown and mysterious about him, this spellbinding story unfolds like nothing ever read before, As the story op...
  • Ova Incekaraoglu
    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 to be a temporary dog-sitter to her sister. Aiming to spend a few months there she tries pulling herself together by hooking up with strangers, joins a group therapy w...
  • Rebecca Foster
    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 comedy. (Broder is a poet. I can’t begin to imagine what her poetry would be like!) But the further I read the deeper it all seemed to become: tropes from Greek m...
  • Emily
    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. (This is not a traditional romance novel; there is no fade to black, there is no coy allusion.) Simultaneously, Lucy is finishing her thesis on Sappho and taking care ...
  • Maja Lisa
    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 struggles with love, relationships, and life in general in a sad but funny way. She ends up wandering down to the beach and falling in love with a merman.The writing is fan...
  • Ova Incekaraoglu
    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 to be a temporary dog-sitter to her sister. Aiming to spend a few months there she tries pulling herself together by hooking up with strangers, joins a group therapy w...
  • Erin Cataldi
    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 correctly. Lucy is at a stopping point in her life. She's been dumped by her boyfriend of two plus years and her dissertation on Sappho is going nowhere. She's simply exist...
  • Victor
    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 with codependency. The book cover is truly unparalleled. Probably not for the faint of heart.
  • Susannah
    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 ending. I really hope she writes another novel.
  • Samantha
    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's wonderful twitter accounts over the past two months, so my expectations were high. And The Pisces truly delivered! It's definitely my favorite novel of 2018. It'...
  • Tori (InToriLex)
    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori LexThe 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's funny. The humor didn't work for me because my tolerance for people complaining about things most people would be happy to have is very low. I was entertained by the ...
  • Roman Clodia
    Hip, smart, incisive, neurotic, sexually-explicit, oddly romantic, gross in places, startlingly intellectual in others - Broder's novel is absolutely contemporary and while it reaches out to the work of Lena Dunham and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, amongst others, it also has a unique personality and individuality of its own. Our cast-adrift heroine is 38 and in between Tinder hook-ups, the women's group meetings, and agonising about her lost boyfriend, ...
  • Ilana
    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.
  • Sonia Reppe
    The book is deeper and darker than at first it appears, like a sun-dappled lake on a bright summer day, you forget that there are dangerous depths to it until something reminds you. Lucy is 38, nine years into her dissertation on Sappho (yeah, she should've been done two years ago), has broken up with her boyfriend of almost just as long. She doesn't really want to marry him, but she wants him to want to marry her. But does she? She realizes that...
  • Julie Ehlers
    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. (view spoiler)[Where she meets a merman. (hide spoiler)]For me, the (view spoiler)[merman (hide spoiler)]—perhaps because I was expecting him—was not the most b...
  • Bruno Zogma
    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.
  • Paul
    This is an exceptional book, and for me it is in so all the right ways. A funny, sad, thoughtful look at love and desire in their various aspects and extremities. I found it to be a phenomenal read. This will stay with me and I very much look forward to reading more by Melissa Broder.