Unsafe Attachments

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Random House, May 10, 2011 - Fiction - 256 pages
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Unsafe Attachments explores the relationships of a loosely interlinked group of Londoners. Caught off guard at key points, they face moments of sudden temptation in their busy, established lives, as well as increasingly difficult choices.

Dinah, harried and pregnant, is haunted by images of death on her way to Heathrow. Abi, a senior civil servant, embarks upon an affair with a Nigerian journalist as her teenage daughter 'kind of shags' her teacher. Alex, increasingly keen to settle down, numbly accompanies his ex-girlfriend to an abortion clinic. A glance at a party turns into a fumbling grope and then a guilty hangover for Roger, whose live-in girlfriend is smugly satisfied that her life is on course. Lonely café-owner Carey spots his married shrink passionately kissing another woman in a park while Tina's desperate wish for a child jeopardises everything that is important to her.

Relationships are acutely observed - the delights and tensions of living together, cheating on one another and trying to make lasting connections in this vast modern city. Love - real or imaginary - causes hearts to crack and lives to crumble but there is also hope, and sometimes there are second chances.


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User Review  - jayne_charles - LibraryThing

This book is a little coy about admitting it’s actually a collection of short stories. The back cover implies that they are all linked, but in truth the linkages are remarkably tenuous, with ... Read full review


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Caroline Oulton worked in television drama for more than twenty years, and Unsafe Attachments is her first work of fiction. She lives in London with her three children.

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