The Pisces by Melissa Broder
My beloved Podcast app recommended Melissa Broder’s Eating Alone in My Car. I'm so very grateful. I can't stop listening to Broder's thoughts on depression, anxiety, addiction and the existential dread, I too, feel on a daily basis. So naturally I sought out her writing.
I started with The Pisces, and I wasn't disappointed. This book is very readable, not just because it's tone is very much like Broder's – chatty, light and sarcastic - but because the theme itself is so relatable. The Pisces explores the ways in which we attempt to escape our own pain, and for the main character Lucy, this is through love and sex.
I would say this book is about addiction but that would be selling it short. It's more than that. It's about learning how to live when living is painful. How do we live sanely when we're predisposed to wanting to alter our reality? How do we live in a way that doesn't hurt ourselves and those around us?
If you don't find being alive painful you probably won't get much out of this book, well, maybe you will because aside from the existential introspection, Lucy's escapades are very entertaining – anal sex in a hotel lobby toilet anyone?
Broder's own addiction and sobriety has informed her writing immensely, and identifying with these experiences definitely contributed to my enjoyment of it.
I found The Pisces to be really well done. I'm officially a big Melissa Broder fan. Next up, So Sad Today.