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 TodayLucy 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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, ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Amelia
    I am romantically obsessed with this book.
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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
    The synopsis says this book is "original, imaginative, and hilarious." I could maybe give the first two a pass, but "hilarious"? This book is not hilarious.The narrator, Lucy, is an unpleasant person who makes highly questionable decisions—from randomly breaking up with her boyfriend and trying to get him back, to neglecting her sister's sick dog, to wheeling a merman into her sister's house in a wagon. Oh, and having sex on a white couch while...
  • Lucy Banks
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.Unsettling, unpleasant and even upsetting at times, but compelling nonetheless.Usually, when I finish a book, I know exactly what rating I'm going to give it. Then, every so often, I come across a book that leaves me totally confused at the end, and unable to untangle my thoughts on it. This is one of those books. Lucy has just broken up with her boyfriend. One comple...
  • Moray Teale
    Holy Graphic Merman Sex, Batman!Looking back now I’m not sure what drew me to this book, I should have looked a little closer because there was enough beyond the Piscean erotica that should have warned me to stay away. I blame the wonderful cover.I am rather tired of the“neurotic young woman disintegrates over a man” trope. I know. It happens. Love is tough and relationships can be a bitch but this rigmarole in which young women are totally...
  • Gillian
    I want to preface this review that with the recent release of The Shape of Water, I was fully expecting to love The Pisces. The Pisces starts out with a very relatable female lead. She has had a hard time with love and is dating a man who just can't fully commit and she deeply wants commitment and love in her life. She is witty and sharp and funny. However, once she meets Theo the merman, this book takes a turn for the worst.The concept Broder cr...
  • Emily
    This book is weird as hell. I mean, it’s an erotic merman novel. Except that it’s not. It’s about depression and need and self-worth, and yeah, it’s also about a merman. And sex. You really have to trust me on this one. I think this will tide me over until Miranda July publishes something new. (Edit: in case it is not clear, I LOVED this book.)
  • Elizabeth
    **I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.**This book was so awful I could not actually finish it. The narrator is awful towards other women, horrendous in her relationship, and unfathomably smug about not finishing her thesis. I actually hated all 60 pages that I read and I will never be picking this book up again.
  • Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
    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 means what you think it means.”) Some discussion of NSFW content ahead.Struggling through a breakup and spinning her wheels on her thesis for more than a decade,...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    via my blog:'I fell asleep out there every night, tipsy on white wine, under the Venice stars, with my feet tucked under Dominic’s gut, belonging to nothing familiar.'Lucy is stunted, far too many years writing her dissertation about Sappho, the love between her and Jamie coming unbound, but surely he only wanted to put space between them? It’s not a for good break up, right? She does something a little ...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    This is the kind of book that gets me really excited because it's the kind of book that a lot of people are going to love really passionately and a lot of people are going to hate deeply. I don't hate being a fan of a divisive book, I enjoy standing up for it. I suspect we'll hear a lot of "unlikable female protagonist" thrown around with this one. Yet Lucy doesn't rise to the level of bad that you see in something like GONE GIRL or GIRL ON THE T...
  • Maranda
    I loved the name of this book and also the cover. That is as far as the compliments go. Had to skim to complete this work and even that did not get me to the end quick enough. Lucy is a women who is failing at fulfilling the requirements of her thesis and continues on a depressive avenue when her boyfriend finds another lover. Going to her sister's house to watch over her dog also proves too much for Lucy. Therapy and the appearance of a merman c...
  • 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...
  • Sara Leonard
    The Pisces originally struck me because it seemed unlike any other book I had encountered before. After finishing it, I stand by my first impression. Despite the book's frequent focus on death, Broder's novel is teeming with life. Broder created a complex and totally flawed woman in Lucy, who believes she cannot survive without love, while simultaneously forcing her reader to question if Lucy was searching for something else entirely. Broder's br...
  • Heather
    So firstly, thanks Georgia for the raving recommendation. You were right. Mermaid porn is great. Would highly recommend. This book is very tongue and cheek, very deep, super fun to read, I absolutely loved it. And there's sex with a merman.... what more could you want?!
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  • Maria
    Thank you Netgalley, Crown Publishing, and Melissa Border for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review. This was weirdly a very relatable book that had me laughing and sighing as there's a few of Lucy's thoughts that sounded so eerily similar that it was hard to think for a second that she was a fictional character.Lucy is a flawed and stunted women in her thirties who has unsuccessfully been writing a dissertation about Sapp...
  • Glen
    I won this book in a goodreads drawing.A fairly typical Millennial romance. A none-too-bright girl, tired of tinder and the slime that populates it meets the usual mysterious brooding stranger. Surprise! He's a merman!Some pretty graphic human/fish sex scenes. I think this cycle of fishy romance is an odd thing. I think it may be because in our modern society, there aren't any real obstacles to romance any more, so somebody had to create an almos...