Perfect Lives

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Little, Brown Book Group, Nov 4, 2010 - Fiction - 256 pages
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In an English seaside town, lovers and children, young men and middle-aged women weave in and out of each other's lives and stories.

A mother is tormented by her daughter's tattoo; another only pretends to love her baby. A wife stalks her husband and his new lover; a broken egg through a letterbox tells a story that will not go away; the cat thinks he knows best. Threaded throughout are longings for love and poignant disappointments, surprising pleasures and temptations. Some will fall but some, like the small boy at the circus who sees his babysitter fly past on a trapeze wearing little more than a blue bra and spangles, will retain their feeling of awe.

PERFECT LIVES, follows Polly Samson's rapturously received first collection, LYING IN BED. They are rueful, knowing, witty, poignant, bashful, bold. Her genius is in the nuance.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A cycle of intersecting stories describes the lives that make up an English seaside community—their joys, regrets, and various embarrassments. Samson is gifted in her understanding of and patience ... Read full review

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User Review  - camharlow - LibraryThing

A collection of interlinked short stories, where the minor character in one, appears as the main subject in another. The stories give a provocative insight into how perfect lives can be made up of a ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Polly Samson was born in London. Her previous collection, LYING IN BED, was followed by a novel, OUT OF THE PICTURE. She also writes lyrics.

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