Getting a Life : Stories (Paperback)

Author: Simpson, Helen

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Hilarious, honest, and thoroughly entertaining, these sharp stories show Helen Simpson to be one of the finest observers of women on the edge. Set in and around contemporary London, these nine interconnected stories explore all the bliss and irritations of domestic life.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780375724978
SKU 30919291
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0375724974
Release Date 6/1/2002
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Praise
"Many of the situations addressed by these stories...sound like material filched from women's magazines. But Ms. Simpson writes with such emotional precision, such black humor and dyspeptic zest, that she manages to spin this unpromising subject matter into some wonderfully funny and disturbing stories that limn the middle- and upper-middle-class world of London (and its suburbs) with Waugh-like acerbity and wit."
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Annotation Nine stories about English women of all classes who are trying to cope with the difficulties of their lives. A New York Times Notable Book for 2001.
Editors Note Set against the backdrop of modern-day London, a collection of nine entertaining short stories captures the joys, tribulations, triumphs, and annoyances of domestic life as it explores the worlds of two female teachers exchanging drunken confidences at a small cafT, a teenage poetry lover who resolves to build a future far different from her career-oriented mother, and others.
Editors Note 2 Set against the backdrop of modern-day London, a collection of nine entertaining short stories captures the joys, tribulations, triumphs, and annoyances of domestic life as it explores the worlds of two female teachers exchanging drunken confidences at a small cafT, a teenage poetry lover who resolves to build a future far different from her career-oriented mother, and others. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
Editors Note 3 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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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0208
Publisher Vintage Books

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