Tuesday January 21, 2020

Salty tale of a doomed aquatic love affair

Lucy is the astute yet depressed narrator of The Pisces, a woman whose life has derailed since the breakdown of her last, wholly dysfunctional relationship

15th July, 2018
Melissa Broder: lucid takes on mental illness, anxiety and obsession Pic: Alamy

Fiction: The Pisces, By Melissa Broder, Bloomsbury Circus, €16.45

From Louise O’Neill’s reimagining of The Little Mermaid and Alissa Nutting’s Made For Love to Imogen Hermes Gowar’s The Mermaid & Mrs Hancock, mythical sea creatures have been having something of a moment this year. Yet it’s safe to say that, amid the new wave of human-meets-marine-life tales, Melissa Broder’s tale of a human who falls in love with a seaman is one of...

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