The Answers

Catherine Lacey


Jo says: 

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.

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Mary is out of options. Estranged from her family and beset by phantom pain, she signs up for ‘The Girlfriend Experiment’ – a mysterious project masterminded by a famous Hollywood actor who 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 Angry 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.

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Weight 0.21 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.8 cm