Bloomsbury is to publish The Pisces, a debut novel from Melissa Broder.
Publishing director Alexis Kirschbaum acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to two books from Meredith Kaffel Simonoff at DeFiore Company, in her first fiction acquisition for the publisher.
The US rights were sold at auction to Alexis Washam of Hogarth and Crown.
Broder's The Pisces is about a woman who falls in "dark, ecstatic love" with a merman, traversing the lines between fantasy and reality and exploring the questions of why and how we stay alive and whether or not fantasy can actually kill you.
Kirschbaum said: “I'm always on the lookout for fiction that does something new, and The Pisces takes a woman's farcical spell as part of a Los Angeles sex therapy group and turns it into hilarious fairy tale-romance. Not only new, but conspiratorially side-glancing. I loved it.”
The book will be published by Bloomsbury in June 2018.