Mermaids in Paradise: A Novel (Paperback)

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Lydia Millet notices everything. Her tersely cogent observations about our culture stopped me in my tracks over and over again as I read this darkly hilarious book. I want to be her best friend.

— From Anje

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"Hilariously funny…Lydia Millet’s novels raise the bar for boldness." —Rene Steinke, New York Times Book Review


In this “comic masterpiece” (Salon), honeymooners Deb and Chip—our opinionated, skeptical narrator and her cheerful jock husband—befriend a marine biologist who discovers mermaids in a coral reef. As a resort chain swoops in to exploit the shy creatures, the newlyweds unite with other adventurous vacationers to stop the company from turning the reef into a theme park. Mermaids in Paradise is Lydia Millet’s most fun book yet, tempering the sharp satire of her early career with the empathy and subtlety of her more recent novels and short stories.



About the Author


Lydia Millet has written twelve works of fiction. She has won awards from PEN Center USA and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and her books have been longlisted for the National Book Award, shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and named as New York Times Notable Books. Her story collection Love in Infant Monkeys was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. She lives outside Tucson, Arizona.

Praise For…


A writer without limits, always surprising, always hilarious.
— Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia! and Orange World and Other Stories

Mermaids in Paradise makes brilliant comedy out of a honeymoon trip that veers from the absurd to the sublime and back again. Lydia Millet is a stone-cold genius.

— Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation and Weather

[A] deft satire.
— Melissa Maerz

Lydia Millet is the American writer with the funniest, wisest grasp on how we fool ourselves.
— Charles Finch

A romp with sharp teeth…a slapstick variation on Millet’s abiding theme: the relationship between human beings and the natural world.
— Laura Miller

Millet, with her keen sense of the absurd, brings the book to a surprising conclusion, and makes a point about corporate greed and the destruction of the environment without being heavy-handed.
— Moira Hodgson

Suspenseful, philosophical, and tropical—the funniest you’ll ever read on ecotourism and the wisest you’ll ever read on mermaids.
— Natalie Beach

A hilarious genre-bender that strikes some serious chords.
— Jane Ciabattari

[A] laser-focused satire…The novel has the shape and pace of a thriller… An admirable example of a funny novel with a serious message that works swimmingly. Dive in.

With equal parts calculated wryness and pleading earnestness, [Millet] delivers a thrilling piece of fabulist fiction.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780393351729
ISBN-10: 0393351726
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: October 13th, 2015
Pages: 304
Language: English