Sunday, May 20th @ 3:00pm - Melissa Broder discusses and signs "The Pisces"
DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Melissa Broder to the store to discuss and sign her novel The Pisces on Sunday, May 20th at 3:00 pm. Joining her in conversation with be author Karolina Waclawiak. Please note that this event will take place in the lower outdoor courtyard adjacent to our store.
Lucy has been writing her dissertation on Sappho for nine 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.
Melissa Broder 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, and she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. She writes the So Sad Today column at Vice, the astrology column for Lenny Letter, and the Beauty and Death column on Elle.com. She lives in Los Angeles.
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Karolina Waclawiak is a screenwriter and author of two critically acclaimed novels, How to Get into the Twin Palms and The Invaders. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, VQR, and other notable publications. Formerly an editor of the Believer, she is now Deputy Culture Editor at BuzzFeed News.
Photo Credit- Eric Burg