Mermaids in Paradise
About the Book
Lydia Millet redefines “comedy of errors” in her genre-bending satire of a tropical honeymoon hijacked by mermaids, kidnappers, and mercenaries.
In this hilarious novel from Pulitzer Prize finalist Lydia Millet, a honeymooning couple makes friends with a marine biologist who discovers genuine mermaids in a coral reef --- and who, the next night, apparently drowns in her hotel bathtub. As a resort chain swoops in to corner the market on mermaids, the newlyweds (opinionated, skeptical narrator Deb and handsome online gamer Chip, the world’s friendliest man) join forces with other vacationers --- including an ex–Navy SEAL with a love of explosives and a hipster Tokyo VJ --- to protect the mermaids from the corporate “Venture of Marvels” that wants to turn their habitat into a theme park.
MERMAIDS IN PARADISE is Millet’s funniest book yet, tempering the sharp satire of her early career with the empathy and emotional power of her more recent, critically acclaimed novels and short stories. This is an unforgettable, mesmerizing tale, comic on the surface and deeply solemn at its core.