A dark, funny and clever novel about being a woman in contemporary society. Mary is estranged from her parents, broke and suffering from chronic pain. She signs up for a well-paid job of being the 'emotional girlfriend' to a famous actor alongside a cast of other girlfriends to suit his different needs and a team of researchers behind the scenes who feed her lines. As Mary and the other girls play out their roles, the experiment begins to unravel as connections form and all is not what it seems. An exploration of intimacy, the concept of emotional labour and the many ways in which women can subtly be subjugated.