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Author: Helen Simpson
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : English : 1st Vintage Contemporaries edView all editions and formats
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A dark, dazzling, surprisingly funny new collection of stories ("Masterly" 'Adam Mars Jones, The Observer; "A virtuoso performance" 'Jane Shilling, The Sunday Telegraph) about single women and wives in various phases of midlife'anxious mothers, besotted mothers, beset mothers'in a (futile) search for security and consolation. Helen Simpson's stories are short but by no means small. One story takes the Iraq war as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Simpson, Helen, 1957-
In the driver's seat.
New York : Vintage Books, 2008
(OCoLC)244920980
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Simpson
ISBN: 9780307486233 0307486230
OCLC Number: 780189928
Description: 1 online resource (115 pages)
Contents: Up at a villa --
The door --
The year's midnight --
Every third thought --
Early one morning --
The tree --
In the driver's seat --
If I'm spared --
The phlebotomist's love life --
The green room --
Constitutional.
Responsibility: Helen Simpson.

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A dark, dazzling, surprisingly funny new collection of stories ("Masterly" 'Adam Mars Jones, The Observer; "A virtuoso performance" 'Jane Shilling, The Sunday Telegraph) about single women and wives in various phases of midlife'anxious mothers, besotted mothers, beset mothers'in a (futile) search for security and consolation. Helen Simpson's stories are short but by no means small. One story takes the Iraq war as its subject; another describes a smoker's reprieve from death by lung cancer; in another, a simple tale of home maintenance'a woman in a conversation with the carpenter replacing her door after a break-in'becomes a deftly sketched study of grief. In still another, Simpson manages the seemingly impossible'producing laughter at terminal illness and untimely death (this might be the first story in which the amputation of a limb provides a happy ending). And finally, the story entitled "Constitutional"'a pun on one of the word's meanings: a walk taken for the benefit of one's health'deals with memory, family, Alzheimer's, oak trees, pregnancy for the over-forties, stolen photographs, and crossword puzzles. Helen Simpson's stories move and disturb us as they light up the human gift for making the best of it'whatever it is. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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