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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A pleasurable sigh escaped her as the vision faded, and she started walking again, on past the tranquil houses, the colored glass in a hall window staining the domestic light, a child's bicycle propped against the trunk of a standard ...
Jade gasped fastidiously and stepped back. “Maybe we should get her indoors,” suggested the woman, her hand on Jade's arm. “It's that house there across the road.” “I don't think—” started Jade. “The baby, oh the baby!”
“I don't think—” started Jade. “The baby, oh the baby!” yelped the woman. “He's in the car. I forgot. I'll have to . . .” Before Jade could escape, the woman was running like an ostrich across the road towards a blue Volvo, ...
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.
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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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