What We’re Reading in April!


We’re thrilled to share that our April Book Club selection is The Pisces (Hogarth, May 2018), the debut novel from poet and essayist Melissa Broder!

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. 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.

Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart and Abandon Me, writes:

No one writes about love like Melissa Broder, who captures the feverish obsession with both the lover and the self in hilarious, mesmerizing detail. I scarfed The Pisces in handfuls, surprised and delighted by every inventive detail and compelled by the lucid insights and chillingly familiar compulsions of the narrator. This is a book for every smart person who has made very bad decisions, who thought love might save them from themselves, who has been hypnotized by pleasure and become willing to give up everything for just one more taste.

Subscribe to the Rumpus Book Club by March 20 to join us in reading The Pisces, culminating in an exclusive online discussion with Melissa Broder about the book! And, through the end of the month, purchase a 6-month Rumpus Book Club subscription (or a yearly Letters in the Mail subscription) and we’ll send you your own signed copy of Whiskey & Ribbons by Leesa Cross-Smith. Already have a subscription? Just extend or convert it and we’ll send you the book!

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