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Perfect Lives

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Perfect Lives

Perfect Lives

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Polly Samson
publisher:
Virago UK
genre:
Short Stories, Fiction

We gave it a B+

Samson, author of the acclaimed 1999 story collection Lying in Bed (she is also the wife, coincidentally, of Pink Floyd?s David Gilmour), mines the thoroughly imperfect lives of some dozen denizens of a British seaside town in Perfect Lives, a graceful, melancholy series of interlinking vignettes. Her characters — stymied housewives and aging artists? muses, pianists and peevish teens — search for connection and redemption, even as the mysteries of human (and in one case, feline) interaction often confound them. One wishes, at times, for more narrative reward, but Samson?s dreamy, evocative prose quietly offers its own. B+

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