Mermaids in Paradise (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

Impossible to pigeonhole, Millet has been amassing an impressive body of work that employs satire and heartbreak in equal measure. While always sharp and inventive, she really goes for broke here. A fantastic blend of modern snark and old-fashioned broad comedy.

— From Wesley


On the grounds of a Caribbean island resort, newlyweds Deb and Chip--our opinionated, skeptical narrator and her cheerful jock husband who's friendly to a fault--meet a marine biologist who says she's sighted mermaids in a coral reef.

As the resort's "parent company" swoops in to corner the market on mythological creatures, the couple joins forces with other adventurous souls, including an ex-Navy SEAL with a love of explosives and a hipster Tokyo VJ, to save said mermaids from the "Venture of Marvels," which wants to turn their reef into a theme park.

Mermaids in Paradise is Lydia Millet's funniest book yet, tempering the sharp satire of her early career with the empathy and subtlety of her more recent novels and short stories. This is an unforgettable, mesmerizing tale, darkly comic on the surface and illuminating in its depths.

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