Absurdist Fiction, Adventure, Fantasy, Pulp Fiction

Number 40: A Book With Photographs Inside

Mermaids in Paradise

Lydia Millet

While browsing the shelves of the Fiction “M” section for something to include in this challenge, I came upon this cover. Since it combined pin-ups, pop art, and mermaids, I had to take a look. I was not disappointed.

Photo by Leticia Azevedo on Pexels.com

Mermaids in Paradise was a lovely, absurd, sarcastic book about what would happen if mermaids were real. And what would happen is… not great. The book, however, is delightful!

Except for the last few pages which were… perplexing. But I think I liked it?

Photo by Dmitry Daltonik on Pexels.com

Regardless, I have read a lot of mermaid fiction over the years (even wrote some!), and what I love about it is how malleable the genre is. It is a strange idea that can unfold in many directions depending on the neuroses of the author. This particular book went with hard-edged cynicism, and the oeuvre is better for it.

It kind of reminded me of lesser-known Margaret Atwood classics like the Edible Woman, which is great, and everyone should read.

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