Mermaids in Paradise
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About the Author
LYDIA MILLET is the author of several previous novels, including Everyone's Pretty and My Happy Life, which won the 2003 PEN Center USA Award for Fiction. She lives in the desert outside Tucson, Arizona.
With equal parts calculated wryness and pleading earnestness, [Millet] delivers a thrilling piece of fabulist fiction.
A hilarious genre-bender that strikes some serious chords.--Jane Ciabattari
I laughed so hard all over town...leave it to Lydia Millet to capsize her human characters in aquamarine waters and upstage their honeymoon with mermaids. I am awed to know there's a mind like Millet's out there--she's a writer without limits, always surprising, always hilarious.--Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia! and Vampires in the Lemon Grove
[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.
Suspenseful, philosophical, and tropical--the funniest you'll ever read on ecotourism and the wisest you'll ever read on mermaids.--Natalie Beach
[A] deft satire... Millet ramps up the suspense.--Melissa Maerz
A romp with sharp teeth... a slapstick variation on Millet's abiding theme: the relationship between human beings and the natural world.--Laura Miller
Now that David Foster Wallace is gone, I think Lydia Millet is the American writer with the funniest, wisest grasp on how we fool ourselves... she has as good a chance as anyone to write the novel that defines our time.--Charles Finch
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