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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She could see the gleam of his eyes and teeth smiling conspiratorially in the blanching dark . “ Come on then , ” she whispered . “ Don't wake Daddy . ” He climbed into bed and curled into her , his head on her shoulder , his face ...
She took a sip of wine and immediately the alcohol rose up behind her face to somewhere at eyebrow level , and she ... and often successful people can't have , she realized as she gazed around her at the sea of heated faces , is TIME .
Janine felt a hot prickling sensation behind her face , like walking into a rosebush . Almost the worst thing was being frozen into these corny , passive and wifely attitudes of grief and betrayal . The ravishingly sweet quarrel of ...
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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