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Mermaids in Paradise: A Novel by Lydia…

Mermaids in Paradise: A Novel

by Lydia Millet

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On their Caribbean honeymoon, Chip and Deb go diving - and see mermaids. A scientist vacationing in the same resort organizes an expedition to film them. Things get out of hand when the resort management tries to capture the mermaids for display. ( )
  lilibrarian | Oct 3, 2017 |
"Mermaids in Paradise" is a comedic book about a honeymoon gone awry. The newlywed couple, Deb and Chip, expect nothing but sand, sun, and relaxation during their trip to the Caribbean, but when they meet a marine biologist named Nancy they stumble upon a discovery no one saw coming. While snorkeling in the coral reef they sight actual mermaids! To prove it's true, they capture the mermaids on camera and plan on preserving the mermaids instead of exploiting them, however things take a turn when Nancy goes missing and the resort steals the video footage in order to market the mermaids to tourists. Deb and Chip ditch their traditional honeymoon plans and find themselves fighting to save the mermaids and their ocean environment. This book is equally hilarious and philosophical, and made me yearn to take a trip of my own to the tropics!

LeeAnn K. / Marathon County Public Library
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  mcpl.wausau | Sep 25, 2017 |
Funny and sad and all too clear-eyed
  revliz | Jul 10, 2017 |
Laugh out loud funny. Raucous honeymoon gone absurd. Delightful and enjoyable read. A tropical romp! ( )
  LauGal | Aug 16, 2016 |
Deb and Chip get married, head to a Caribbean resort for their honeymoon, go snorkelling, and find themselves in a ecological murder mystery that places their commitment to each other and the planet on the line. Or something like that. At any rate, Deb narrates and it is her voice that is the real charmer here: her wry comments on cruise ships and the kinds of people who populate them; her instinctual fear of and yet attraction to the “heartland” peoples; her friend Gina’s insistently ironic stance (which is really Deb’s own stance); her periodic personality breakdowns; and the kindness that she and others display even in this time of duress. This is a novel with a sting in the tail, but there’s more than enough in what is mentioned above to warrant giving it a go without spoiling anything.

There is a lightness of touch here that masks a deeper seriousness. And sadness. The latter can come as a shock but if you look back you’ll see that a lot of it was there from the beginning. Nevertheless, I could have stood a bit more at the end.

Gently recommended. ( )
  RandyMetcalfe | Jun 22, 2016 |
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Lydia Millet redefines “comedy of errors” in her genre-bending satire of a tropical honeymoon hijacked by mermaids, kidnappers, and mercenaries.

In this hilarious novel from Pulitzer Prize finalist Lydia Millet, a honeymooning couple makes friends with a marine biologist who discovers genuine mermaids in a coral reef—and who, the next night, apparently drowns in her hotel bathtub. As a resort chain swoops in to corner the market on mermaids, the newlyweds (opinionated, skeptical narrator Deb and handsome online gamer Chip, the world’s friendliest man) join forces with other vacationers—including an ex–Navy SEAL with a love of explosives and a hipster Tokyo VJ—to protect the mermaids from the corporate “Venture of Marvels” that wants to turn their habitat into a theme park.

Mermaids in Paradise is Millet’s funniest book yet, tempering the sharp satire of her early career with the empathy and emotional power of her more recent, critically acclaimed novels and short stories. This is an unforgettable, mesmerizing tale, comic on the surface and deeply solemn at its core.

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Deb and Chip, a couple honeymooning at a Caribbean resort, meet a marine biologist who claims to have sighted mermaids at a nearby coral reef, and join with other adventurers to protect the mermaids when the resort reveals plans to build a theme park on the reef.… (more)

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