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Getting a Life

by Simpson, Helen A

  • ISBN: 9780375411090
  • ISBN10: 0375411097

Getting a Life

by Simpson, Helen A

  • List Price: $22.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
  • Publish date: 06/01/2001
  • ISBN: 9780375411090
  • ISBN10: 0375411097
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Description: In Helen Simpson's new collection of stories, London and its suburbs are the setting; family life the subject, seen from nine different perspectives.

At a Polish cafe in South Kensington, two women, teachers, become tipsy and exchange confidences about their love affairs and reveal more than they intended...

A celebratory dinner for a timber merchant and his wife in south London turns into anything but ...

In the midst of a shopping spree of unbridled sensuousness in the heart of Spitalfields one woman shares the secret of wurtstigkeit ("sausageness" -- a state of mind) with her friend...

A seventeen year old girl, a student of Coleridge and Keats, walks toward her future resolved not to be anything like her mother, a successful career-mother...

Poetry and money collide head-on at a corporate Burns (Robert, that is) Night dinner at a Mayfair hotel.

Ruth Rendell on Helen Simpson's first book:

"Helen Simpson is so accomplished that it comes as something of a shock to know that this collection of stories is her first published book. The prose seems polished by years of experience. At the same time it is informed with the freshness of an absolute here and now. She writes about women as for years men have written about men, giving them status, talent, presence, reality. She can be sparingly tragic and unsparingly funny. And there is something new here, some quality of setting down what uncompromisingly is but filtered through an amazing imagination, that tells us from the first that here is a unique writer".

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