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Maile MeloyHelen Simpson’s short stories read like cautionary tales about the ravages of parenthood, harrowing dispatches from the front lines of middle-class family life. Her previous collection, Getting a Life, dissected modern British domesticity, the tenderness included, with a mordant wit. In her new collection, In the Driver’s Seat, child-rearing is still a marathon of compromise and exhaustion — and now illness, as her characters get older. If they remain wry and indomitable, it might be that death is no match for someone who’s faced the daily car pool.
— The New York Times