Maybe [the ocean and I] were on the same side, comprised of the same things, water mostly, also mystery. The ocean swallowed things up–boats, people–but it didn’t look outside itself for fulfillment. It could take whatever skimmed its surface or it could leave it. In its depths already lived a whole world of who-knows-what. It was self-sustaining. I should be like that. It made me wonder what was inside of me.The Pisces by: Melissa Broder
Initial Thoughts: A book about a woman who falls in love with a merman?!?! Sign me up! I thought of The Shape of Water right away and was prepared for a romantic undersea love story with a hint of longing and a touch of mystery. Instead… I ended up reading a completely different book than I thought I was going to read.
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 glass cube atop Venice Beach, but Lucy can find no peace from her misery and anxiety—not in her love addiction group therapy meetings, not in frequent Tinder meetups, not in Dominic the foxhound’s easy affection, not in ruminating on the ancient Greeks. Yet everything changes when Lucy becomes entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer one night while sitting alone on the beach rocks.
Whip-smart, neurotically funny, sexy, and above all, fearless, The Pisces is built on a premise both sirenic and incredibly real—what happens when you think love will save you but are afraid it might also kill you.Goodreads
After finishing The Pisces it was clear to me that there would be readers who will either love this book to death, or hate it beyond all measure. I found myself in the category where I loathed nearly everything about this book but still managed to finish it.
The story starts with Lucy going on vacation to Los Angeles in order to take care of her sister’s dog while she’s away. Meanwhile, Lucy must also go to group therapy after she physically attacked her (now ex) boyfriend. One day, while walking her sister’s dog, Lucy meets a charming man swimming in the ocean. All of a sudden, her life shifts into a deep longing to be with the mysterious man.Continue reading