A Novel by Catherine Lacey
- Published: Aug 21, 2020
NAMED A TOP 10 NOVEL OF 2017 BY THE WALL STREET JOURNAL AND VOGUE, A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY ESQUIRE, HUFFINGTON POST, POP SUGAR, ELECTRIC LITERATURE AND KIRKUS, AND A 2017 NPR GREAT READ. ONE OF DWIGHT GARNER'S TOP BOOKS OF 2017 IN THE NEW YORK TIMES. A... read more
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- Exact title of the book
- The Answers
- Book author
- Catherine Lacey
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux
- Jun 06, 2017
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NAMED A TOP 10 NOVEL OF 2017 BY THE WALL STREET JOURNAL AND VOGUE, A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY ESQUIRE, HUFFINGTON POST, POP SUGAR, ELECTRIC LITERATURE AND KIRKUS, AND A 2017 NPR GREAT READ. ONE OF DWIGHT GARNER'S TOP BOOKS OF 2017 IN THE NEW YORK TIMES. A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITOR'S CHOICE AND A FINALIST FOR THE CHICAGO REVIEW OF BOOKS FICTION AWARD.
"Like Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, The Answers is also a novel about a subjugated woman, in this case not to a totalitarian theocracy but to subtler forces its heroine is only beginning to understand and fears she is complicit with." -Dwight Garner, New York Times Mary Parsons is broke. Dead broke, really between an onslaught of medical bills and a mountain of credit card debt, she has been pushed to the brink. Hounded by bill collectors and still plagued by the painful and bizarre symptoms that doctors couldnt diagnose, Mary seeks relief from a holistic treatment called Pneuma Adaptive KinesthesiaPAKing, for short.
Miraculously, it works. But PAKing is prohibitively expensive. Like so many young adults trying to make ends meet in New York City, Mary scours Craigslist and bulletin boards for a second job, and eventually lands an interview for a high-paying gig thats even stranger than her symptoms or the New Agey PAKing.
Marys new job title is Emotional Girlfriend in the "Girlfriend Experiment"the brainchild of a wealthy and infamous actor, Kurt Sky, who has hired a team of biotech researchers to solve the problem of how to build and maintain the perfect romantic relationship, cast - ing himself as the experiments only constant. Around Kurt, several women orbit as his girlfriends with spe - cific functions. Theres a Maternal Girlfriend who folds his laundry, an Anger Girlfriend who fights with him, a Mundanity Girlfriend who just hangs around his loft, and a whole team of girlfriends to take care of Intimacy.
With so little to lose, Mary falls headfirst into Kurts messy, ego-driven simulacrum of human connection. Told in Catherine Laceys signature spiraling, hypnotic prose, The Answers is both a mesmerizing dive into the depths of one womans psyche and a critical look at the conventions and institutions that infiltrate our most personal, private moments. As Mary struggles to understand herselfher body, her city, the trials of her past, the uncertainty of her futurethe reader must confront the impossible questions that fuel Catherine Laceys work How do you measure love?
Can you truly know someone else? Do we even know ourselves? And listen for Laceys uncanny answers.
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