In Catherine Lacey's ambitious second novel, we are introduced to Mary, a young woman living in New York City struggling with a body that has betrayed her. All but paralyzed with pain, Mary seeks relief from a New Age-y treatment called Pneuma Adaptive Kinesthesia, PAKing for short. And, remarkably, it works. But PAKing is expensive and Mary is broke. So she 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. Mary is hired as the "emotional girlfriend"- certainly better than the "anger girlfriend" or the "maternal girlfriend" - and is pulled into an ego-driven and messy attempt at human connection.

Told in Lacey's signature spiraling prose, The Answers is full of singular yet universal insights. It is a gorgeous hybrid of the plot - and idea - driven novel that will leave you reeling.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"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


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June 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Answers: A Novel
Author(s): Catherine Lacey
ISBN: 0-374-10026-8 / 978-0-374-10026-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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June 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Answers: A Novel
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Title: The Answers
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ISBN: 1-78378-218-8 / 978-1-78378-218-5 (UK edition)
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June 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Answers
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ISBN: 1-4417-0311-X / 978-1-4417-0311-8 (USA edition)
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June 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Answers Lib/E
Author(s): Catherine Lacey
ISBN: 1-4417-0309-8 / 978-1-4417-0309-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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Title: The Answers
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ISBN: 1-4417-0314-4 / 978-1-4417-0314-9 (USA edition)
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Title: The Answers
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Title: The Answers
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Title: The Answers: A Novel
Author(s): Catherine Lacey
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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