Mermaids, kidnappers, and mercenaries hijack a tropical
vacation in this genre-bending send-up of the American honeymoon.
On the grounds of a Caribbean island resort, newlyweds Deb
and Chip—our opinionated, skeptical narrator and her cheerful jock husband who’s
friendly to a fault—meet a marine biologist who says she’s sighted mermaids in
a coral reef.
As the resort’s “parent company” swoops in to
corner the market on mythological creatures, the couple joins forces with other
adventurous souls, including an ex-Navy SEAL with a love of explosives and a
hipster Tokyo VJ, to save said mermaids from the “Venture of
Marvels,” which wants to turn their reef into a theme park.
Mermaids in Paradise
is Lydia Millet’s funniest book yet, tempering the sharp satire of her early
career with the empathy and subtlety of her more recent novels and short
stories. This is an unforgettable, mesmerizing tale, darkly comic on the
surface and illuminating in its depths. Download and start listening now!