Paralyzed with pain and broke, Mary scours Craigslist for fast-cash jobs and finds the Girlfriend Experiment, the brainchild of an eccentric and narcissistic actor determined to find the perfect relationship-even if it means paying women to fill different roles. Soon Mary is pulled into an ego-driven and messy attempt at human connection.
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About the AuthorCatherine Lacey is the author of Nobody Is Ever Missing, winner of a 2016 Whiting Award and finalist for the Young Lion's Fiction Award, and The Answers. In 2017, she was named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists. Her essays and fiction have been published widely and translated into Italian, French, Dutch, Spanish and German. She was born in Mississippi and is based in Chicago.
Megan Tusing is an actress, known for The Beginning and the End, The Share, and Odd Jobs. She has a bachelor's degree in theatre from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
A sparkling satire of our era of big data.-- " Wall Street Journal"
A darkly funny, tartly feminist look at the tender state of our bodies and souls in the Information Age...[and] the absurdity of a culture that persists in thinking that enlightenment is a matter of the right purchase, hashtag, or Google search.-- "Vogue"
Funny and eerie and idea-dense-a flavor combination that turns out to be addictive.-- "New York Times"
The best narrators disappear as you listen. The voice blends so smoothly with the story as the actor skillfully creates characters, manages emotions, and paces drama that the listeners no longer notice they are being red to. Megan Tusing accomplished just this in Catherine Lacey's second novel The Answers.-- "Chicago Tribune (audio review)"
A surprisingly compelling puzzle of a plot involving the Girlfriend Experiment and the way it manipulates its subjects.-- "Los Angeles Times"
[A] rumination on what we miss and miss out on when our connections to other human beings are synthetic.-- "New Republic"
Lacey writes loneliness and solitude with a profound depth.-- "AVClub.com"
Lacey's eerily brilliant second novel serves as both a disquieting, high-concept cautionary tale and a dark satire about fame, love, abuse, and alienation. If that doesn't speak to 2017, we don't know what does.-- "Literary Hub"
Digs into the choppy turf beneath a woman's relationship to her body, her identity, and her search for balance between independence and meaningful relationships...Lacey doesn't give us answers, but she sure gives us a wild story with a memorable protagonist.-- "Shelf Awareness"
A remarkable novel...Lacey displays an exceptional ability to articulate the elusiveness of knowing others, as well as the desire to find meaning and trust within.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)"
Startling and stunning and compulsively strange...a haunting investigation into the nature of love...As unexpected as it is rich.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
Surreal, thought-provoking, and intriguingly untidy.-- "Booklist"
Lacey gives her story a fresh, millennial spin in this quirky look at contemporary society.-- "Library Journal"