We Play Ourselves
Reading like a cross between Shelia Heti’s How Should A Person Be? and Lily King’s Writers & Lovers, We Play Ourselves is a wildly entertaining debut novel of female rage, self-sabotage, the pursuit of fame and the costs of artistic ambition.
‘As funny as it’s intellectual, this page-turner about crashing and burning is spot-on about ambition, infatuation, theatre, film, ethics, teens, and everything else.’ Emma Donoghue, author of Room
‘Witty…Earnest…Laugh-out-loud…Pitch-perfect’ New York Times
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
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