Out of Play by Joy Norstrom

MoMo’s Book Diary enjoyed Joy Norstrom’s “Out of Play” and recommends this great book which all LARP-widows will love!

Joy Norstrom has written a great book here and it was a joy to read.

The main characters, Gillian and Ralph, have hit a rocky patch in their marriage and Gillian is seeing a therapist who has some strange ideas but Gillian goes along with the plan – she is willing to try anything to save her marriage.

I have not read another book which looks at Life Action Role Play (LARP) despite it being very popular in today’s world. There is a serious side to the book but there is also a good dose of humour meaning the book stays light and an easily entertaining read.

Sincere thanks to author, Joy Norstrom, and publisher, Crooked Cat Publishing, for opportunity to read this funny book via Netgalley prior to its release date.


Gillian Campbell is out of patience.

Her husband is choosing his hobby over her. And the hobby in question? Live Action Role-Play, or ‘larp’. Larp involves dressing up as a character (be it medieval knight, banshee or centaur) and participating in imaginary battles for entire weekends.

Gillian is not impressed. She seeks professional advice and is surprised when her therapist encourages her to try larp. “Who knows? It may make you smile. It may make you laugh. It may even improve your sex life. How terrible could it be?”

The advice seems super sketch to Gillian, but she decides to don a costume and give it a go. If larp doesn’t work a marital miracle, Gillian will be able to walk away knowing she tried absolutely everything before giving up.

Will going on her own role-play adventure heal Gillian’s marriage, or will the game shed light on everything that is wrong?

AUTHOR Joy Norstrom
BOOK TITLE Out of Play
PUBLISHER Crooked Cat Publishing
PRINT LENGTH 212 pages





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