Accidents in the Home
By Tessa Hadley
(Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780099428589, 256pp.)
Publication Date: April 17, 2003
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The debut novel of a formidable fictional talent.
An improbable coincidence brings Clare back into contact with someone she once had sex with as a teenager; to complicate matters, he is now going out with her best friend, Helly. The encounter could have just been embarrassing, but it shakes up everything in Clare’s life. Clare and Helly learned to smoke and shoplift together, and even read an old copy of The Female Eunuch together, squeezed side by side on Helly’s bed. Now Clare is married with three small children, bakes her own bread and buys her clothes from the charity shop. Helly is a model and has her image up on billboards ten feet high. And each of them seems to want what the other has.
Tessa Hadley teaches at Bath Spa University and lives in Cardiff.
"Surprising and rewarding…Hadley has pulled off an important and tricky task…. Not many books remind you so directly and forcefully that reading is about creating new ways of seeing the world."
—New York Times Book Review
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