Publication Date: 06/07/2023 ISBN: 9781800817579 Category:

Girlfriend on Mars

Deborah Willis

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Publication Date: 06/07/2023 ISBN: 9781800817579 Category:


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‘Every detail is sharply placed … a scorching sense of humor and a soft spot for humanity down here on Earth’ The New York Times

‘Fleishman Is In Trouble, but in space’ Bobby Palmer



Kevin is a thirtysomething homebody, happily committed to his hydroponics-expert girlfriend, Amber, as they grow weed in their basement in Vancouver.

Out of the blue, Amber announces that she has been selected for a reality show where she will compete for one of two seats on the first human-led mission to Mars. If selected, she must stay on Mars for good, because the technology to come home doesn’t exist yet. Is this a suicide mission or a bold new frontier?

Girlfriend on Mars is the story of love unravelling in a world where truth is dictated by Facebook ads and ‘reality TV’ is as scripted as any politician’s speech. With rapt viewers voting for Amber to stay on the show and crates of Mars-mission branded protein shakes arriving at his door, is it any wonder Kevin wants to stay in the basement forever?

Publisher Review

Energetic, wise-cracking style ... horribly convincing -- Clare Chambers, author of Small Pleasures How did Deborah Willis manage to write about love, grief, corporate greed, climate change, and a reality show that sends two people to Mars with such grace and humor and compassion? Girlfriend on Mars blew my mind! This is one of the most original novels I've read in a long time. -- Ann Hood, author of The Book that Matters Most Girlfriend on Mars pulls off that most unusual balancing act; humour, heartbreak and biting social commentary - the writing is feather-light and scalpel-sharp. -- Keiran Goddard, author of Hourglass Witty and moving ... A wild ride -- Oana Aristide, author of Under the Blue Funny, tender, bizarre in the best of ways, and as infinite as our universe itself -- Amanda Leduc, author of The Centaur's Wife Previous praise for Deborah Willis -- : Willis is an immensely talented writer ... sharply observed, elegant, and incisive -- Emily St John Mandel The emotional range and depth . . . the clarity and deftness, are astonishing -- Alice Munro Willis zooms in and out on her chosen subjects, adroitly examining the physical and emotional distances that separate people from one another - and from the mysteries of their lives * New York Times Book Review * Bizarre, bleak and very funny ... Fleishman is in Trouble but in space -- Bobby Palmer, author of Isaac and the Egg Funny, increasingly touching and occasionally shocking, I can't imagine any fiction lovers not enjoying this sparky debut ... quirky and highly amusing * Big Issue, hottest fiction 2023 *

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