by Silverman, Jen (author) | Of specific Gay & Lesbian interest
Published 07/04/2022 by Atlantic Books in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 336 pages
Staff Pick, Alice: “An artist has a breakdown and runs away to LA – chaos and bad choices occur. Fun, weird, gay, relatable.”
When Cass – a thirty something year old queer playwright – receives a prestigious award, it seems as though her career is finally taking off. That is until she finds herself at the centre of a searing public shaming. Fleeing New York, Cass moves to L.A.
to start anew. Once there, she is pulled into the orbit of her charismatic neighbour, a filmmaker who’s making an ethically murky documentary inspired by a group of teenage girls and their underground fight club. But just as Cass begins to dream of a comeback, the past starts to catch up with her and she is forced once more to reckon with her ambition and the chaos it creates.
We Play Ourselves is a darkly funny novel about the cost of making art, and the art of making enemies. ‘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, PEN/Hemingway-award winning author of Chemistry