Go Under the Sea With Mythological Maidens in “Mermaids in Paradise”
Lydia Millet’s hilarious, almost satirical novel Mermaids in Paradise takes an irreverent eye to the topic of love, marriage, and of course, everyone’s favorite mythological creature–mermaids!
Newlyweds Deb and Chip are enjoying their honeymoon at a pretty Caribbean resort when a marine biologist who is exploring the area makes a world-shaking announcement: she’s found mermaids! Now, the husband and wife duo must team up with a few other ordinary folk in order to prevent the owners of the resort from capturing the mermaids and turning the reef where they live into a cheesy theme park.
Millet’s novel is a darkly funny take on the destructive side of humanity. When discovering a new species, it’s not enough to leave them alone, we have to capture Nature and transform it into something cheap, commercial, and fake. However, thanks to Deb’s snark, even the darkest moments of the book are leveled out with some hilarious satire, and the zany adventures the newlyweds get into will have the readers chuckling.
Mermaids in Paradise is the type of novel that defies genres; it’s not chick-lit, it’s not a mystery, and it’s not satire. It’s a little bit of everything, with a dash of whimsy thrown in to keep readers glued to their seats until the very last page.