Melissa Broder Announces First Fiction Foray ‘The Pisces’, Zodiac Cover

Broder’s debut novel is aimed for May 2018 release.

Melissa Broder Flashes Novel Foray with Zodiac Cover

Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces….OH!

Melissa Broder just showed us a sneak peek at her latest work on Twitter last night, a novel titled The Pisces, which is aimed for release next summer. And OMG, you guys, do you see this fucking cover?! I LOVE THIS. (Here’s to hoping the hardcover has a matte finish because that would just be amazing.)

Like seriously, this is one of the strangest, most Melissa Broder covers if there ever was one, and by its premise alone, well: *pre-order*.

From the author of last summer’s smash essay collection So Sad Today and the woman responsible for its cult-followed epithet on Twitter comes The Pisces, Broder’s first work of fiction positioned to be a hilarious knockout come May 1, 2018.

The novel, which will be published under the Hogarth/Crown umbrella, recalls the story of an anxiety-stricken adult named Lucy who, in her feverous efforts to draft a discourse on Sappho (a Greek poet who wrote of love and womanhood), finds herself locked in her own fixation with a handsome swimmer who is nothing as he appears to be.

Melissa Broder Flashes Novel Foray with Zodiac Cover
Penguin Random House
(Pre-order at Amazon, $25.00)
In case my own summary sucks too much ass for you, here’s a full synopsis courtesy of Penguin Random House, below.

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 — not in the Greek chorus of women in her love addiction therapy group, not in her frequent Tinder excursions, not even in Dominic the foxhound’s easy affection.

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.


In addition to her status as an acclaimed writer and a go-to guidance-counselor-slash-advice-giver, Broder also contributes to a number of outlets online, such as Lenny Letter, where she provides horoscopes, and also runs the So Sad Today column at VICE. And just last year, Broder’s latest poetry collection Last Sext was named a best book of the year, according to The New Yorker.

From the cover to the description to the fact that it’s authored by fucking Melissa Broder, I want to read this book. I already read and own So Sad Today and I am a diligent cyber-stalker of the Twitter account. Case in point, I need more of this woman’s material in my life.

I guess this is the part when I insert my shameless proposal, so heregoesit: Melissa (and Rachel Rokicki), if you’re reading this or whatever, I’d love to receive The Pisces in an exchange for an honest review.

Okay, bye, forever and a day. XOXO

Written by Paris Close

Paris Close

Editor-in-chief at Paperback Paris. Saving myself for Andy Cohen. Give me Gillian Flynn, or give me death.