Getting a Life: Stories
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 18.12.2007. - 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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On the opposite side of the road, a tall girl trailed past with a double buggy of grizzling babies, a Walkman's shrunken tinkling at her ears. Au pair, remarked Jade expertly to herself, scrutinizing the girl's shoes, cerise plastic ...
Typing CVs.” She waved the tweezers again and knelt above her daughter on the carpet. I wouldn't let you loose on my CV, thought Jade, recoiling. Not in a million years. It'd come back with jam all over it. The little girl was quite a ...
The little girl was quite a solid child and tried to control her crying, allowing herself to be comforted in between the probings inside her face. But she was growing hotter, and when, at the woman's request, Jade unwillingly held her, ...
... functioning as the beating heart of the family while deferring to the demands of her partner's job in that it was always her rather than him who took a day off sick when one of the girls sprained a wrist or starred in a concert, ...
“Not fair on the poor girl,” says Sally. “Not when she doesn't speak English. Now if it was just Leo he'd be fine,” she continues, off on another tack, thinking aloud about her two eldest children. “But Gemma is different.
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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
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