We’ve got another podcast ready for you! We recently had Melissa Broder in the store. She is the author of the essay collection So Sad Today and four poetry collections, including Last Sext. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry, The Iowa Review, Tin House, Guernica, Fence, The Missouri Review, and others. She writes regularly for Vice and Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter, and has a new column on Elle.com, which she is calling “Beauty and Death.”
Melissa was in the store with her newest novel, The Pisces. In this unique take on romance, Lucy has been writing her dissertation on Sappho for thirteen 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.
Listen to the event on our itunes or most other places you get podcasts. And don’t forget to come grab a signed copy from the store!