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We Play Ourselves

(2021)
A novel by

 
 
After a humiliating scandal, a young writer flees to the West Coast, where she is drawn into the morally ambiguous orbit of a charismatic filmmaker and the teenage girls who are her next subjects.

“A blistering story about the costs of creating art.”—O: The Oprah Magazine (LGBTQ Books That Will Change the Literary Landscape)

Not too long ago, Cass was a promising young playwright in New York, hailed as “a fierce new voice” and “queer, feminist, and ready to spill the tea.” But at the height of all this attention, Cass finds herself at the center of a searing public shaming, and flees to Los Angeles to escape—and reinvent herself. There she meets her next-door neighbor Caroline, a magnetic filmmaker on the rise, as well as the pack of teenage girls who hang around her house. They are the subjects of Caroline’s next semidocumentary movie, which follows the girls’ clandestine activity: a Fight Club inspired by the violent classic.
 
As Cass is drawn into the film’s orbit, she is awed by Caroline’s ambition and confidence. But over time, she becomes troubled by how deeply Caroline is manipulating the teens in the name of art—especially as the consequences become increasingly disturbing. With her past proving hard to shake and her future one she’s no longer sure she wants, Cass is forced to reckon with her own ambitions and confront what she has come to believe about the steep price of success.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A fiercely smart and wildly entertaining exploration of artistic ambition, and what happens when the hunger for fame infects an artist's desire to create something true . . . a uniquely potent take on female rage and competition that also gorgeously evokes the challenge of developing an authentic self when everything we do can be exploited as content. I loved this book and couldn't put it down." - Julie Buntin

"This is a book where the questions are the answers, a story of possibility that challenged and expanded the way I think about redemption. Warm in its humanity and cool in its persistent subversion of narrative expectations, it's a sharp and modern first novel. I loved it." - Maggie Shipstead

"The multitalented Jen Silverman knows what she's doing on the page. Funny, sharp, modern--this is an excellent debut novel. Its bold, edgy, strange heroine has adventures and misadventures, screws up again and again, but somehow won my love. I couldn't put this book down." - Weike Wang


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Hardback Editions

June 2021 : UK Hardback
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Title: We Play Ourselves
Author(s): Jen Silverman
ISBN: 1-83895-430-9 / 978-1-83895-430-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


February 2021 : USA Hardback
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Title: We Play Ourselves: A Novel
Author(s): Jen Silverman
ISBN: 0-399-59152-4 / 978-0-399-59152-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

April 2022 : UK Paperback
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Title: We Play Ourselves
Author(s): Jen Silverman
ISBN: 1-83895-433-3 / 978-1-83895-433-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


June 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: We Play Ourselves
Author(s): Jen Silverman
ISBN: 1-83895-431-7 / 978-1-83895-431-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic
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Audio Editions

June 2021 : UK Audio CD
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Title: We Play Ourselves
Author(s): Jen Silverman
ISBN: 1-00-404706-1 / 978-1-00-404706-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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June 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: We Play Ourselves
Author(s): Jen Silverman
Publisher: W. F. Howes Ltd
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June 2021 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: We Play Ourselves
Author(s): Jen Silverman
Publisher: W. F. Howes Ltd
Availability: Amazon AU   


June 2021 : UK Audio edition
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Title: We Play Ourselves
Author(s): Jen Silverman
Publisher: W. F. Howes Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   


February 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: We Play Ourselves: A Novel
Author(s): Jen Silverman
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon   


February 2021 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: We Play Ourselves: A Novel
Author(s): Jen Silverman
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

June 2021 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: We Play Ourselves: 'As funny as it's intellectual, this page-turner about crashing and burning is spot-on' Emma Donghue, author of Room
Author(s): Jen Silverman
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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February 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: We Play Ourselves: A Novel
Author(s): Jen Silverman
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA