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"Funny and dark, vicious and tender, The Pisces is a sexy and moving portrait of a woman longing for connection and pleasure in our strange and alienating world. I can’t stop thinking about it."—Edan Lepucki, author of Woman No. 17
"The characters in The Pisces are so finely drawn and palpably real. These are some of the most real, relatable merman sex scenes I have ever read in any book."—Megan Amram, TV Writer and author of Science...For Her!
“The Venice Beach of The Pisces is familiar at first, but it quickly transforms into a new place in which fantasy can become reality overnight. I love how Melissa Broder navigates the anticipation of lust, the consequences of love, the lure of self-destruction, and the indecision between what seems right and what seems crazy. This book is for anyone that’s wondered where their longing will take them next.”—Chelsea Hodson, author of Tonight I’m Someone Else
"I've long been a Melissa Broder fan but I had no idea a fabulist novelist lived in her too. I've never quite read anything like the surreal merman romantic comedy that is The Pisces! Broder has always been a simultaneously out-of-this-world & very-much-in-this-world poet/comic, so it's a wild delight to watch her transition to modern-day mythologist. Sappho and Tinder, mermaid porn and nervous breakdowns, the banal and the bananas gloriously litter this uncanny marvel that is pretty impossible to put down."—Porochista Khakpour, author of Sick: A Memoir and the novels The Last Illusion and Sons & Other Flammable Objects
“Starting with Sappho and ripping through the Los Angeles lovelorn, this exquisite story of romantic obsession deftly blends existential terror with sexy surrealism for a one-sitting absolute thrall. This book has my number so hard, I’m waiting for its midnight texts."—Amelia Gray, author of Isadora
“Melissa Broder has officially written the modern myth: a hilarious, surreal tale of addiction and academia, depression and desire, mania and melancholy. Through the eyes of our merman-obsessed anti-heroine, we become attuned to both the poignancy and pointlessness of the human experience—from illusory ambition to unruly erotic fantasy. (Broder writes sex like no one else I’ve read.) The Pisces will have you LOL-ing while you’re longing while you’re cringing while you’re philosophizing—this is what it feels like to exist, and to attempt love, in the deluded torpor that is our time.”—Molly Prentiss, author of Tuesday Nights in 1980
"By fearless and perverted, full of desolation and of hope, The Pisces is a novel that delves head on into the many dark, absurd facets of human connection and coping in search of meaning and comes back bearing fantastic flashes of a twisted rom-com surreality only Melissa Broder's gemstone-studded brain could conjure up."—Blake Butler, author of There Is No Year
PRAISE FOR SO SAD TODAY:
"These essays are sad and uncomfortable and their own kind of gorgeous. They reveal so much about what it is to live in this world, right now."—Roxane Gay
“If Melissa Broder weren’t so fucking funny I would have wept through this entire book. Love, sex, addiction, mental illness and childhood trauma all join hands and dance in a circle, to the tune of Melissa’s unmatched wit and dementedly perfect take on this terrifying orb we call home.”—Lena Dunham
"At once devastating and delightful, this deeply personal collection of essays (named for Broder's popular Twitter handle) is as raw as it is funny."―Cosmopolitan
"If her Twitter account is a darkly comic 'creative way to distract myself and cope,' as [Melissa Broder] describes it, then her essays are deeper excavations of that same mind."―Elle
"Her writing is deeply personal, sophisticated in its wit, and at the same time, devastating. SO SAD TODAY is a portrait of modern day existence told with provocative, irreverent honesty."―Nylon
"Instead of supersizing her angsty tweets, Broder presents a dizzying array of intimate dispatches and confessions...She has a near-supernatural ability to not only lay bare her darkest secrets, but to festoon those secrets with jokes, subterfuge, deep shame, bravado, and poetic turns of phrase."―New York Magazine
"It would have been easy for Broder to stay anonymous and simply publish a book of @SoSadToday's most popular tweets, but instead, she chose to challenge herself in what turned out to be a triumph of unsettlingly relatable prose."―VanityFair.com
"Under her beloved Twitter persona So Sad Today, Broder is probably the Internet's most powerful merchant of feelings."―GQ.com
"What a decadent, hilarious, important, devastating book this is. SO SAD TODAY will explode on impact in your mind."―Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins
"With irreverence and wit, Melissa Broder confronts the most hidden and grotesque parts of herself...Reading her, it seems that we're all fucked-up, but it's because of this that we connect with each other, fall in love, find contentment, and maybe even a little happiness."―Sarah Gerard, author of Binary Star
"Irreverent, ballsy, impossible to put down. With courage and humor, Broder shows us that the underbelly of self-awareness is the existential sads."―Courtney Maum, author of I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You
PRAISE FOR LAST SEXT:
“The poems of Melissa Broder pull off a strange and compelling trick: to exist meatily, viscerally, and even bloodily at the center of a void. Holes thump through the pages, blankness crunches bone, zeros growl with hunger. Each line is a little heartbeat hurling down the abyss.”―Patricia Lockwood, author of Priestdaddy
“Melissa Broder is absolutely one of the most important poets writing today. Her poems eviscerate the reader with their misty and murky charm, with their ability to say what is and not what should be, for their love of life and the sensual, for their knowledge of what it is like to be a person right now. Last Sext is a master work, a text of brilliance written in a dusky field, for all of us. ‘Can you feel it?’ is what it asks us. And we must answer: for chrissakes, of course, yes.”―Dorothea Lasky
“Broder’s poems offer a postmodern twist on the confessional, and they push for action in the face of despair.”―Publishers Weekly
About the Author
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B074LVLHF2
- File Size : 2295 KB
- Print Length : 273 pages
- Publication Date : May 1, 2018
- Publisher : Hogarth; Reprint Edition (May 1, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #344,804 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The writing is blasé and for as much as Broder claims to dislike the Beats, she may as well be one of them.
She wanders on and on with her philosophies and ALMOST gets to a point but never really makes it.
The main character has few redeemable qualities and does not get better by the end of the book.
The merman relations are pretty gross and definitely not cute, funny or sexy in the slightest.
I'm giving this book 1 star because it was like reading The Grapes of Wrath but just more disgusting.
Broder writes like a straight white man pretending he knows what a woman think and how she acts.
I didnt find any part of the novel humorous as it was just a glaring window into Broder's own ignorance and misconceptions.
A tour de force of a rich white woman, with heavy classist, racist and sexist under tones, writing a book she thinks is quirky, different and 'unappologetic'.
Broder is part of the Lena Dunham crowd, which is extremely obvious in the writing.
I would say to prospective readers, go find another book that actually has something to say, or at least can make you feel good at the end instead of this fake, rage inducing nonsense.
The writing style is oversimplifed, and doesn't suit the subject matter. I have given it three stars because I can see how someone might like it, but the description is misleading and this book would be best for someone with a dark sense of humour that can relate to a character that is so lost in life that they create devastating harm.
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 with her long-time boyfriend. She leaves Phoenix where she has been working on a dissertation for years, to travel to L.A. to dog-sit for her sister Annika for the summer.
Lucy is forced to enter group therapy (which is hilarious and tragic at the same time) and is not really supposed to be dating yet at all. So of course because she has an addictive personality she immediately throws herself into the online dating pool with sometimes disastrous results.
"I came to know and love into another kind of stranger: a physical manifestation of time and letting oneself go eclipsing both the stranger and the honeybear until they all but disappeared. I felt irate. How dare he not give a f---? What a luxury, the luxury of a man. The luxury of someone who looked at the ravages of time and went,
Lucy's sister's house is on the beach and one night Lucy encounters a gorgeous surfer boy named Theo. He only comes out at night when she is sitting on the rocks, looking out into the wild Pacific Ocean.
"I looked out at the ocean. It was as though I hadn’t noticed it before, or hadn’t wanted to see it. I was scared of its wild ambivalence, so powerful and amorphous, like the depression itself. It didn’t give a f--- about me. It could eat me without even knowing."
Lucy may be despondent but she is still funny and sexy and very desirable. It is hard to adequately describe the hilarity and poignancy of Melissa Broder's writing but every single page was a delight. Lucy becomes completely entranced by gorgeous but elusive Theo:
"His is chest was hairless, and I noticed that the color of his nipples matched perfectly his lips, like pencil erasers. He looked like he was twenty-one, at most. If this was death then death was hot."
Lucy still hooks up with men she meets online but is strangely drawn back to Theo and their deep connection. She eventually comes to accept who he is after several passionate kisses and much conversation. And who he really is doesn't seem so unbelievable after all.
"Was there any wildness anywhere, or was all of it inhabited by tech dudes now, juice places and blow-dry bars? Had anything been left undiscovered, or did the Internet snatch it all up the moment it existed? Nothing remained untouched. Or maybe some things weren’t completely mapped out yet and there was still a little room for the mystery. Maybe some strange and beautiful boy could still pop out of the sea and surprise you."
This book is so funny that I was crying from laughter throughout most of it. Melissa Broder has a magical way with words. I just want to scream from the rooftops for everyone to read this book! Yes it is weird but it is wild and beautiful and life-affirming. And the description of Venice beach life and the L.A. dating scene was hysterically funny and poignant.
“I’m back,” he said. “How have the dates been treating you?”
“Disgusting,” I said.
“Ah, too bad.”
“Are you real?” I asked. He laughed. “I suffer like I’m real. I have wants like I’m real. I fear that I will be unliked or unloved. Men, women, I think that maybe everyone wants the same thing.”
This book is funny, sexy, magical and very, very real. Even though there is a merman. It is about everyone's quest for love and to be loved. 'The Pisces' is absolutely one of my favorite books and not to be missed!!
"I felt the Earth rotating around us, or that we were the planet—spinning on its axis. In my head came a deep buzz of the Earth again and I didn’t know if I was actually humming out loud or if it was all inside me. This is how you exist in the world, I thought. This is how you are alive."
Top reviews from other countries
I’ve dealt with a self-diagnosed love addiction for a long time. Fighting the void, walking the tight rope between love and rejection, fear of commitment and fear of intimacy, seeing the shadows of my childhood in my incessant quest for ‘love’, chasing my tail in a pain-pleasure cycle - it is all very familiar.
Meditation, buddhism, psilocybin and love of my amazing partner helped. I manage it better? somewhat? But the void is there. Creation for the sake of creation is what we do and love is just that, a hallucination we use to fill the void. Perhaps we need to let go of the romantic love ideals and view love as universal, like buddhists do? Then you aim to spread love, love everyone and everything, be loving awareness.
Or perhaps surrender to non-sense as Alan Watts calls it, or nothingness as Melissa refers to it. I don’t know. I just know I want to be free of this energy and its pull and maybe to be free I need to love it, Ram Dass style. Surrender into your dark desire and love it. Love your love addiction. I am working on it.
Thank you for this amazing and important book. You managed to light the void with a tiny ray.
I am in love with Melissa and her way of words. I am in love with our heroine Lucy, this lost child, that could be found either on a bizarre Tinder date or attending "love addicts not-so-anonymous" meetings.
"Pisces" is a great entertainment from the very first pages (and boy does it make you think!).
Excellent! Love it and cautiously recommending to people (honesty could be scary!).
This book had shades of Rachel’s Holiday by Marianne Keyes (Lucy attends group therapy and some of the characters who attend are hilarious, I laughed out loud!) and Wetlands by Charlotte Roche (Melissa Broder’s descriptions of sex and bodily functions is often savagely realistic and matter of fact).
I strongly recommend The Pisces. You might fall in love!
All of the female characters are portrayed as being needy, pathetic, anxious and have very low self-esteem which is makes the book an infuriating read to begin with but when the main character starts fantasising about eating the merman's tail with garlic butter whilst kissing him I lost all hope for the book...utter rubbish!