21 comments on “The Pisces by Melissa Broder | Book Review

  1. Alright, I’m definitely more at peace now with my decision to pick this one up. I was mostly convinced because it’s on the Women’s Prize Longlist… but now I see how it could be an actually good book. Great review!

  2. This is an EXCELLENT review! You capture everything that is so very brilliant about this book. I’m so glad you took a chance on it! Peer pressure wins this round!

  3. I am always delighted when people like this book. I originally gave it 4 stars as well but it has stayed with me so very much that I couldn’t not change the rating to 5 stars. I just adored this and mostly Lucy in all her awfulness.

  4. Ooh interesting! I’ve heard all the bad sides of this but nothing about the references to Sappho. I struggle with magical realism but it’s good to hear there seems to be a balance here. It’s one of the few shortlist books my library has so maybe I’ll be tempted now 🙂

    • I’m with you on magical realism, but something about this just clicked for me. It’s way out of my comfort zone, but I’m glad I was persuaded to pick it up. I hope you enjoy it if you decide to give it a go! 😊

  5. If you want something surreal, try ‘Made for Love’ by Alissa Nutting – strangely PG despite the premise (look it up), and no magical realism!

    That said, I write magical realism, and the way you describe it is exactly what I hope to achieve!

    • I’ll certainly look into it – thanks for the recommendation! 🙂

      Magical realism can be brilliant when it’s done well. I definitely prefer it when it has a psychological leaning, or in short story form, when it requires less suspension of disbelief. The dreamy quality and thematic depth it can add is great when the balance is just right.

    • Alissa Nutting is fantastic! I love her collection Dirty Jobs for Unclean Women. I also read Tampa, which is a lot to take in given the subject: a young, sexy female teacher who has an affair with (rapes–he’s 13 or 14) one of her students.

      • I have huge respect for Alissa Nutting! Her books are like Harvard grads who dropped out to get a job at a diner. Trashy, but smart about it, ya know? ‘Unclean jobs’ was my first of hers as well! Her writing reminds me to not be so uptight about writing and have fun with it! I have yet to read ‘Tampa’! I heard the button book cover caused a controversy, though!

        • LOL, the button hole looks like a vagina if you’ve got any imagination. It’s literally the button hole on a pale pink polo shirt. If you like Alissa Nutting, you should totally check out Rachel B. Glasser’s short story collection Pee on Water and Amelia Gray’s collection Museum of the Weird. They’re all in the same fun, weird short story universe.

  6. Superb review. This is one of the titles I was most excited to see on the longlist because it is such a weird but impressive read. So glad you enjoyed it!

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