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Perfect Lives

Polly Samson


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Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (9/20/2011)
Hardcover (4/5/2011)


In an English seaside town, lovers and children, men and 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 mailbox 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.

The stories in Perfect Lives are rueful, knowing, witty, poignant, bashful, bold. Polly Samson's genius is in the nuance.

Praise For Perfect Lives

"Astutely observed linked stories reveal the pleasures, temptations, secrets, and disappointments of lovers, parents, and children." —O, the Oprah Magazine, 10 Titles to Pick Up Now

"This is a masterly book, and it’s impossible not to start all over again the minute you finish reading it. More than simply a series of exquisitely crafted miniatures, it encompasses many of the larger delights of a full-length novel." —Financial Times

"Accomplished stories . . . Samson traces tremors of disruption threatening the stability of her characters’ relationships and themselves." —Peter Kemp, Sunday Times, 2010’s Best Reads

Bloomsbury USA, 9781632865496, 208pp.

Publication Date: March 22, 2016

About the Author

Polly Samson is the author of two story collections and two novels, and has contributed lyrics to two Pink Floyd albums and two solo records from David Gilmour. She has been shortlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award, the V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize, and the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. Upon UK publication, Perfect Lives was named one of the best books of the year by the Sunday Times, the Evening Standard, the Spectator, and the Telegraph. Samson lives in Brighton.