Las respuestas / The Answers

Catherine Lacey, Damilaa Alou

Las respuestas / The Answers
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Las respuestas / The Answers

Catherine Lacey, Damilaa Alou

Por la autora de Nunca falta nadie, uno de los mejores libros del ano segun The New Yorker y Vanity Fair. Finalista del Premio de Ficcion New York Public Library Young Lions Una de las mejores novelistas jovenes segun Granta. Bienvenidos al Experimento Novia. A Mary se le acaban las opciones. Distanciada de su familia evangelista, acuciada por las deudas y aquejada de un dolor cronico, se inscribe en una misteriosa oferta de empleo publicitada como Experimento Novia. Creado por Kurt Sky, un exitoso actor de Hollywood con una lista de fracasos amorosos a cuestas, el Experimento Novia busca encontrar y capturar la esencia del amor antes de que este se disipe y responder a la pregunta de por que dos personas puedendespertarse un dia y verse como extranas. Mary es contratada para hacer de Novia Sensible y firma un contrato escrupuloso con clausulas que establecen como debe ser su relacion con Kurt o en que momento preciso debe empezar a mandarle mensajes, dejar objetos personales en su casa o entregarle las llaves de su apartamento. Junto a ella, una Novia Maternal, una Novia Comun, una Novia Enfadada y, por supuesto, un equipo de intimidad. La naturaleza del experimento cambia a medida que la relacion entre Mary y Kurt se va haciendo mas intima y las novias se ven expuestas a nuevos peligros. El mayor de ellos, el amor. De la autora revelacion de la literatura estadounidense llega uno de los acontecimientos literarios del ano, una novela sobre la fe inquebrantable y el amor fugaz; sobre preguntas que reflejan los aspectos mas profundos de nuestra sociedad y respuestas que haran que te tambalees. ENGLISH DESCRIPTION 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 couldn’t diagnose, Mary seeks relief from a holistic treatment called Pneuma Adaptive Kinesthesia–PAKing, 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 that’s even stranger than her symptoms or the New Agey PAKing. Mary’s 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, casting himself as the experiment’s only constant. Around Kurt, several women orbit as his girlfriends with specific functions. There’s 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 Kurt’s messy, ego-driven simulacrum of human connection. Told in Catherine Lacey’s signature spiraling, hypnotic prose, The Answers is both a mesmerizing dive into the depths of one woman’s psyche and a critical look at the conventions and institutions that infiltrate our most personal, private moments. As Mary struggles to understand herself–her body, her city, the trials of her past, the uncertainty of her future–the reader must confront the impossible questions that fuel Catherine Lacey’s work: How do you measure love? Can you truly know someone else? Do we even know ourselves? And listen for Lacey’s uncanny answers.

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