Melissa Broder: The Pisces (w/ Laia Garcia)
Thursday May 3: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Buy a copy of The Pisces or a $15 gift card in-store at the Strand's main floor registers or at the door to attend. This event will take place in the Rare Book Room on the Strand's 3rd floor and accessible via the main store elevators or via the stairs and elevator next door at 826 Broadway.
After penning several wonderful poetry collections, not to mention hosting a popular Twitter account, Melissa Broder is turning her attention to the world of fiction with THE PISCES!
Lucy has been busy working on her dissertation for the past nine years when her relationship with her boyfriend abruptly blows up and causes her to fall apart. Her sister convinces her to visit her place and dog-sit for the summer to get her away from her problems for a while. Lucy attempts to adjust to the change of scenery, taking in the gorgeous house on Venice Beach, but can’t seem to piece together her broken heart, not even with the help of her love addiction therapy group, not in her frequent Tinder excursions, not even in Dominic the foxhound's easy affection.
Everything changes when Lucy becomes enamored by a swimmer whose handsomeness is almost otherworldly. The two start courting and it looks as though Lucy's life is cheering up, that is until she finds out the guy she's falling for is a merman.
A wonderful mixture of realism and fantasy, pairing hilarious frankness with pulse-racing eroticism, THE PISCES is a story about falling into obsessive love with a merman: a figure of Sirenic fantasy whose very existence pushes Lucy to question everything she thought she knew about love, lust, and meaning in the one life we have.