- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: WW Norton (Nov. 4 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393245624
- ISBN-13: 978-0393245622
- Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.8 x 21.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 454 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mermaids in Paradise: A Novel Hardcover – Nov 4 2014
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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 (Wall Street Journal)
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
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
[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. — Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
With equal parts calculated wryness and pleading earnestness, [Millet] delivers a thrilling piece of fabulist fiction. — Publishers Weekly, Starred review
A hilarious genre-bender that strikes some serious chords. — Jane Ciabattari (BBC.com)
Suspenseful, philosophical, and tropical—the funniest you’ll ever read on ecotourism and the wisest you’ll ever read on mermaids. — Natalie Beach (O Magazine)
[A] deft satire… Millet ramps up the suspense. — Melissa Maerz (Entertainment Weekly)
A romp with sharp teeth… a slapstick variation on Millet’s abiding theme: the relationship between human beings and the natural world. — Laura Miller (Salon)
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 (Chicago Tribune)
About the Author
Lydia Millet is the PEN Award-winning author of eleven works of literary fiction, including Sweet Lamb of Heaven and Magnificence, which have been New York Times Notable Books and Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalists. She lives in Arizona.
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Deborah and Chip meet speed dating and soon after, they get married. The LA couple have to decide where they’re going for their honeymoon. Chip wants to cruise with Midwesterners, or trek in the Himalayas, possibly go on a safari, Deb is more a spa kind of gal! They compromise and head off to the British Virgin Islands for some R&R at Paradise Bay Resort in the Caribbean.
Deb prefers time alone with Chip, but he likes making friends and seats them at a couples table where some unfunny-funny business takes place under the table. “”He made me feel like my toes were prostitutes. Like my toes, Chip , were dolled up in Fredericks of Hollywood. That’s not right.” “Your lips say no, but your toes say yes,” said Chip.”
Soon Deb and Chip are out on a boat with a parrot fish expert and discover mermaids. They try to put a lid on the find, but the story gets out to the resort goons who want to capitalize on it, by caging the mermaids in an underwater zoo and turning it into a Theme Park.
Millet weaves her witty dialogue through offbeat storylines including what may or may not be a murder, kidnappers, a former Navy SEAL still on-duty, a popular Japanese VJ in need of a satellite dish, too many muumuus on the beach, and the battle over ecotourism creating a satire guaranteed to entertain. Dare I write, there’s a message, too?
Once reading MERMAIDS IN PARADISE, you’ll want to check out all of her other novels and short story collections. She also writes YA. Check out http://www.lydiamillet.com for all things LYDIA!
I LOVE the cover! Great job Julia Druskin and Chris Welch Design at WWNorton.