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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lydia Millet Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2014 ISBN: 9781633791930
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I laughed so hard all…Leave it to Lydia Millet to capsize her human characters in aquamarine waters and upstage their honeymoon with mermaids. I am awed to know there’s a mind like Millet’s out there—she’s a writer without limits, always surprising, always hilarious.”

    Karen Russell, New York Times bestselling author of Swamplandia!

  • “Suspenseful, philosophical, and tropical—the funniest you’ll ever read on ecotourism and the wisest you’ll ever read on mermaids.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “[A] deft satire…Millet ramps up the suspense.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Millet, with her keen sense of the absurd, brings the book to a surprising conclusion and makes a point about corporate greed and the destruction of the environment without being heavy-handed.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A hilarious genre-bender that strikes some serious chords.”


  • “With equal parts calculated wryness and pleading earnestness, [Millet] delivers a thrilling piece of fabulist fiction.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Deb’s endearing insecurity, unexamined courage, and unwavering love for her husband allow for a charming, albeit uncomfortable, examination of the power of skewed worldviews running off the rails, fueled by ignorance and fear, while smarter, cooler heads push back. Brilliant and wildly funny, with well-placed sharp jolts of sobering reality; Pulitzer Prize finalist Millet is pure genius.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “[A] laser-focused satire…The novel has the shape and pace of a thriller…An admirable example of a funny novel with a serious message that works swimmingly. Dive in.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Cassandra Campbell’s performance deftly conveys this dark comedy chock-full of outlandish characters…Campbell portrays the story’s narrator, Deb, with a velvety voice and a light tone that brings out the character’s loving acceptance of her adventurous husband’s idiosyncrasies. Campbell’s well-modulated voice keeps the comedy and irony afloat even in the gravest of conversations…A wide range of voices—from the snooty sounding Gina to the dastardly Thompson—brings out the outlandish characters who add to the humor of this bizarre caper about corporate greed run amok.”


  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2014
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A Oprah Pick of Ten Titles to Pick Up Now
  • A November 2014 LibraryReads Pick
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About the Author
Author Lydia Millet

Lydia Millet is the author of the New York Times Notable Book Ghost Lights and several other works of fiction. Her short story collection Love in Infant Monkeys was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.