June Book of the Month: The Pisces
June calls for an easy beach read don't you think?
We've taken beach read to the next level, by choosing The Pisces by Melissa Broder as our June Book of the Month! Let us explain.
There's a beach (Venice Beach, to be exact).
There's a raw, honest, and fucked up protagonist that will make you send photos of passages to your BFF saying, "That is so me".
There's a really hot merman.
There's lots and lots of sex. Bad and good. Mostly good.
Let us explain further.
"Lucy has been writing her dissertation on Sappho for nine years when she and her boyfriend break up in a dramatic flameout. After she bottoms out in Phoenix, her sister in Los Angeles insists Lucy dog-sit for the summer. Annika’s home is a gorgeous glass cube on Venice Beach, but Lucy can find little relief from her anxiety — not in the Greek chorus of women in 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 entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer while sitting alone on the beach rocks one night. But when Lucy learns the truth about his identity, their relationship, and Lucy’s understanding of what love should look like, take a very unexpected turn. A masterful blend of vivid realism and giddy fantasy, pairing hilarious frankness with pulse-racing eroticism, The Pisces is a story about falling in 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."
The book is divided up into short chapters so it's easily digestible even for the busiest Gem. Broder's writing is brutally honest and gorgeously critical of the LA wanna hippie scene we all love to hate. Grab this one and head to your closest beach (or pool or bathtub).
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