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In the Driver's Seat

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In the Driver's Seat

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
65703
publisher:
Knopf
genre:
Short Stories, Fiction

We gave it an A-

The hyperarticulate women in Helen Simpson’s stories live half in the world, half in their overcrowded heads, worrying about cancer, traffic, kids, and their souls, sometimes all at once. A zippy collection, In the Driver’s Seat, includes a few throwaway comic fables, but Simpson’s best work chronicles what runs through a woman’s mind in the course of a walk or, as in ”Early One Morning,” a carpool drive. As Zoe listens to children discuss tapeworms, she contemplates macchiatos, divorce, and the arc of a mother’s life: ”clear and wide to begin with, narrowing down to the tunnel of the middle years, then flaring wide again before the sands ran out.” Or so she hopes. A-

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