The Answers

Catherine Lacey

Published: 8 June 2017
Trade Paperback, Demy PB
135x216mm, 304 pages
ISBN: 9781783782178


'This summer's Must-Read novel... a 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.

About the author

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Catherine Lacey is the recipient of a 2012 NYFA Artist's Fellowship in Fiction Writing. She has published interviews, stories and non-fiction in various journals and magazines including McSweeney's, The Believer, the Atlantic, 52 Stories and Brooklyn Magazine. She lives in New York. More about the author


‘[A] multi-pronged satire which takes shots at misogyny, the "gig economy" and our obsession with data’



‘[A] slyly subversive and funny take on the modern dating game’

A dystopian romance keyed to the metric-obsessed information age... Relentlessly thought-provoking, this is a sophisticated performance... The Answers is a novel that niggles and gnaws - and that is a good thingAnthony Cummins

A sly, surreal take on love and relationships... Lacey has a poet's eye, and pays minute attention to every sentence, every word... Intelligent, articulate and sure of her gifts, Lacey is in possession of that rare skill - she knows exactly what to leave out’

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

Asks intelligent and disquieting questions about love in the Tinder era

Lacey's the real thing, and in The Answers she takes full command of her powers... This is a novel of intellect and amplitude that deepens as it moves forward, until you feel prickling awe at how much mental territory unfolds... it's a novel that floods with tangled human feeling

Sharp and funny... beautifully sadLuke Brown

Strange, intelligent... Lacey explores seismic questions about our relationships to our bodies and our selves in cool, surgically beautiful language... there's no other novel like it out there

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

‘A clever, gripping read... The Answers is a dystopian take on dating that everyone will be reading this year

‘An ingenious sci-fi scenario that tweaks at the edges of what we believe about that part of us we call a self... Lacey has sly things to say about equality too... Why things should be this way, and whether they can be better, are great questions’ Sarah Ditum

‘Catherine Lacey is one of the most intelligent and brittle and funny writers of her generation. In The Answers she builds -- out of the raw stuff of bewilderment and absence -- a soaring, heartbreaking work that's just on the right side of being nearly too beautiful to bear’ Lauren Groff

‘Delight at The Answers' suggestiveness, its lovely clean prose and its lack of answers’ David Annand

‘Modern, strange, moving... A sharp premise which will make you shiver about the future’ Jeanne Sutton

‘Not your typical romance, The Answers verges on the dystopian’

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