In the Driver's Seat ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Helen Simpson

In the Driver's Seat

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: December 2008
ISBN: 9780307486233
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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.


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