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Author: Catherine Lacey Narrator: Megan Tusing Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9781441703248
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The best narrators disappear as you listen. The voice blends so smoothly with the story as the actor skillfully creates characters, manages emotions, and paces drama that the listeners no longer notice they are being red to. Megan Tusing accomplished just this in Catherine Lacey’s second novel The Answers.”

    Chicago Tribune (audio review)

  • “A soaring, heartbreaking work that’s just on the right side of being nearly too beautiful to bear.”

    Lauren Groff, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A surprisingly compelling puzzle of a plot involving the Girlfriend Experiment and the way it manipulates its subjects—but plot is just one of the novel’s many pleasures…Lacey leaves us with a ravishing list of questions.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Lacey writes loneliness and solitude with a profound depth.”

  • “Lacey’s eerily brilliant second novel serves as both a disquieting, high-concept cautionary tale and a dark satire about fame, love, abuse, and alienation. If that doesn’t speak to 2017, we don’t know what does.”

    Literary Hub

  • “Digs into the choppy turf beneath a woman’s relationship to her body, her identity, and her search for balance between independence and meaningful relationships…Lacey doesn’t give us answers, but she sure gives us a wild story with a memorable protagonist.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “A remarkable novel…Lacey displays an exceptional ability to articulate the elusiveness of knowing others, as well as the desire to find meaning and trust within.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)

  • “Startling and stunning and compulsively strange…a haunting investigation into the nature of love…As unexpected as it is rich.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Surreal, thought-provoking, and intriguingly untidy.”


  • “Lacey gives her story a fresh, millennial spin in this quirky look at contemporary society.”

    Library Journal

  • An Elle Magazine Pick of the 25 Most Anticipated Books by Women for 2017
  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick for Most Anticipated Books
  • A Chicago Review of Books Pick of Best of the Year So Far
  • Esquire Magazine Best Book of the Year So Far
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2017
  • An NPR Best Book of 2017
  • A Literary Hub Pick of 2017's Notable Books
  • A Huffington Post Best Book of 2017
  • A New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2017 selection

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About the Author

Catherine Lacey is a novelist and author whose work has appeared in Guernica, the Atlantic, the Believer, the New York Times, McSweeney’s Quarterly, the Paris Review online, Electric Literature, and many others. She was named among the “Faces to Watch“ by the Los Angeles Times in 2017 and a “New Voice” by Granta in 2014. She has earned fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and Columbia University, where she earned an MFA in nonfiction.

About the Narrator

Megan Tusing is an actress, known for The Beginning and the End, The Share, and Odd Jobs. She has a bachelor’s degree in theatre from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.