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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It was going to be a long series of leave - takings from now on , she thought ; good - bye and good - bye and good - bye ; that had been the case with the others , and now this boy was three and a half . Unless she had another .
“ You can leave it and hope it goes away . That's what they'd do on the Continent . ” “ But then it might flare up in the night and burst the eardrum . That happened to Martin . Blood on the pillow . Two sets of grommets since then .
She's hot - desking somewhere off the A3 , leaves the kids with a childminder over Tooting way . Shocking journey , but the devil ... And of course she can't leave the kids with him while he's looking . Though she said he's watching a ...
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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