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.
"An admirable example of a funny novel with a serious message that works swimmingly. Dive in." (Kirkus Reviews)
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Sarcastic waste of time
It is written by a character who is sarcastic and negative about everything from the first sentence. Gets very tiresome quickly. Almost like a valley girl recitation
It is trivial to the point of the absurd
Her voice was a constant reminder of a spoiled rich bratty valley girl
I have deleted after the 2nd chapter.
What a silly story.
Somebody who wants purely escapist fiction who has a low bar of quality.
I ordered this because it was on several "Best of the Year' books. I can't imagine why.
- Virginia Gerst