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The Answers

Catherine Lacey

‘This summer’s Must-Read novela darkly funny, tartly feminist look at the tender state of our bodies and souls’ Vogue
An unsettling, whip-smart meditation on love’ Independent
‘A clever, gripping read… the dystopian take on dating that everyone will be reading this year’ Stylist
Mary is out of options. Estranged from her family, plagued by debt and beset by chronic pain, she signs up for ‘The Girlfriend Experiment’ – a mysterious project masterminded by a famous Hollywood actor, who, frustrated by his romantic and creative failure, hires a collection of women to fulfil the different roles of a relationship. Mary is to play the Emotional Girlfriend, alongside a Maternal Girlfriend, a Mundane Girlfriend, an Anger Girlfriend and, of course, an Intimacy Team. Each woman has her debts and her difficulties, her past loves and her secrets. As Mary and the actor are drawn ever closer together, the nature of the experiment changes, and the Girlfriends find themselves exposed to new perils, foremost among them, love.

  • Published: 03/05/2018
  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781783782185
  • 129x20mm, 304 pages

This summer's Must-Read novel... a darkly funny, tartly feminist look at the tender state of our bodies and souls

Vogue

An exciting and clever follow-up to her acclaimed debut... an unsettling, but whip-smart meditation on love

Independent

Cool, surgically beautiful ... there's no other novel like it out there

Metro

The Author

Catherine Lacey is the author of the novels, THE ANSWERS and NOBODY IS EVER MISSING. She has won a Whiting Award, was a finalist for the NYPL’s Young Lions Fiction Award, and was named one of Granta Magazine’s Best Young American Novelists. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, Vogue, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Based in Chicago, she is the 2017-2018 John and Renee Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi.

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‘And each time I hit the tarmac I had this terrible feeling that the trip I’d just taken had never even happened, that I’d spent hundreds for a memory I could barely recall.’