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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She felt light on her feet and clever, like a cat, snuffing the air, pinching a pungent currant leaf. There was a belief held by Jade's set that the earlier you hardened yourself off and bared your skin, the more lasting the eventual ...
Light warm rays of the sun reached her upturned face like kisses, refracted as a fizzy dazzle through the fringing of her eyelashes. She turned to the garden beside her and stared straight into a magnolia tree, the skin of its flowers' ...
She turned with relief back into the shining spring morning and started to sprint, fast and light, as quick off the blocks as Atalanta. CAFÉ SOCIETY Two shattered women and a bright-eyed child have.
They might have gone to McDonald's, so cheap and tolerant, packed with flat light and fat smells and unofficial crèche clamor. There they could have slumped like the old punch-bags they are while Ben screeched and flew around with the ...
Unfortunately not one word of this makes it into the light of day, as Ben is creating. “It was more fun at work,” Frances bursts out, watching Sally wipe the child's buttery jawline with another of the inexhaustible supply of tissues ...
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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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