Getting a Life: Stories
Vintage Books, 2002 - 208 страница
Hilarious, dark, and thoroughly entertaining, Getting a Life proves Helen Simpson to be one of the finest observers of women on the edge. Set in and around contemporary London, these nine stories explore both the blisses and irritations of domestic life.
An ambitious teenager vows never to settle for any of the adult lives she sees around her. Two old friends get tipsy at a small cafe and end up revealing more than they intended. In a boutique so exclusive that entrance requires a password, a frazzled careerwoman explores the anesthetizing effect of highly impractical clothing. And in the mesmerizing title story, a mother of three takes life one day at a time, while pushing the ominous question of whether she wants to firmly to one side.
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As she lurches over to apologize and expostulate , Sally's mind continues to follow her train of thought , silently addressing Frances even if all that Frances can see of her is a bumbling clucking blur . Children are all different ...
Sally yawns uncontrollably , then Frances starts up where she leaves off . After all , they're getting nowhere fast . An elderly woman pauses as she edges past their table on the way to the till . She cocks her head on one side and ...
“ Gemma's got to be a crocodile tomorrow , ” said Sally , who lived two roads away . “ We're desperate for green tights , I've tried Mothercare and Boots and then I thought of Maxine . I don't suppose ?
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GETTING A LIFEКоментар посетиоца странице - Kirkus
A third collection from Somerset Maugham-winner Simpson (Four Bare Legs in a Bed, 1992, etc.): nine bitter stories, many loosely interconnected, about upper-middle-class British women overburdened by ... Прочитајте целу рецензију