Passerbuys Book Club: The Pisces by Melissa Broder

For the month of September, we will be reading The Pisces by Melissa Broder. Join us for Passerbuys' first book club meeting at Picture Room for a reading and Q&A with the author. Bring your book to have it signed by the author!

For the first hour guests are encouraged to casually talk about the book amongst themselves while enjoying beverages provided by Abbot's Passage, and snacks. In the second hour, we will be joined by the author for an exclusive reading followed by an intimate conversation between Broder and writer Fariha Róisín.

About The Book:
In The Pisces, main character Lucy is a self-confessed love addict whose main activity has been writing her dissertation on the famously sensual ancient Greek poet Sappho for the past nine years. When she experiences a dramatic breakup with her boyfriend and finds herself lost, she leaves her home in Phoenix, Arizona for Los Angeles to dog-sit for her sister, Annika. While staying in Annika’s glass house in Venice Beach for the summer, Lucy falls in love with a gorgeous swimmer with a supernatural secret.

"In The Pisces, Broder takes her obsessions and gives them a perverted mythological structure, and corrals them within the arbitrary limits of fiction."
– Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker

Melissa Broder is the author of four poetry collections, including LAST SEXT (Tin House, 2016), and the essay collection SO SAD TODAY (Grand Central, 2016). Her first novel, THE PISCES, was published by Hogarth/Crown in May 2018. Broder writes the So Sad Today column for VICE, the horoscopes for Lenny Letter, and the Beauty and Death column at Her poems have appeared in POETRY, The Iowa Review, Tin House, Guernica, Fence, The Missouri Review, Denver Quarterly, et al. She is the winner of a Pushcart Prize for poetry. Broder received her BA from Tufts University and her MFA from City College of New York. She lives in Los Angeles.

Fariha Róisín is an Australian-Canadian writer based in Brooklyn.

With an interest in her Muslim identity, race, pop culture and film (as well as queerness and how that intersects with being a femme of color navigating a white world) she has written for Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Vice, Fusion, Village Voice and others. Previously, she has co-written a self-care column on The Hairpin and currently has an astrology column for them. From 2012 onwards she co-hosted the podcast Two Brown Girls, which centered on black and brown voices in film and TV, emphasizing the importance of representation. In 2016 Róisín co-hosted a podcast for the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) entitled Yo Adrian, which aired for one season. In 2017 she began a new series with TIFF called How Do You Solve A Problem Like, with the first season focusing on the lack of Asian leads in Hollywood, which will air in the fall of 2018.

Róisín is currently working on her first novel, forthcoming from Unnamed Press in Spring 2020, as well as a book of poetry, published by Abrams Books, set to release in Fall 2019.

Sep 17th 2018