Lying in Bed

Lying in Bed

by Polly Samson
     
 

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Jealous husbands, reluctant fiancées, daddy’s girls, secretive nannies, worldly children—the people of Polly Samson’s debut fiction all have histories to tell, pasts to forget, and futures to forge. Manipulative or meek, all are aware of the power of truth, deception, and the little white lie to get what they want—or what they deserve.

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Jealous husbands, reluctant fiancées, daddy’s girls, secretive nannies, worldly children—the people of Polly Samson’s debut fiction all have histories to tell, pasts to forget, and futures to forge. Manipulative or meek, all are aware of the power of truth, deception, and the little white lie to get what they want—or what they deserve.

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Publishers Weekly
Although quite cunning, Samson’s (Perfect Lives) central characters often succumb to an unexpected fate in this equally haunting and satisfying collection of linked stories. The vengeful and deceitful manage to infiltrate both romantic and familial relationships: a lonely girl pierces her father’s condoms in “Wasted Time”; a dejected woman hires a gorgeous nanny to tempt her ex in “The Right Girl for the Job”; and a teenager tests her mother’s limits in “Subterfuge.” The stories are masterfully plotted, but the beauty is in the details—the author is a lyricist, after all. A “snug-fitting” conductor’s glove, a shattered Easter cup, and a silky gray scarf push characters to the brink of madness. A bed of moss roses brings a man and his gardener together for a moment in “Wasted Time” before they are alienated again, and a quest for rugs in Turkey tear a man and his wife apart in “Turkish Carpets.” The stories disrupt and erupt—just like the relationships so honestly examined within them. Through birth and redemption, there are moments of hope and goodness, but it is the stuff that unsettles that makes this collection so deeply touching. (Oct.)
From the Publisher

"Astutely observed linked stories reveal the pleasures, temptations, secrets, and disappointments of lovers, parents and children in an English seaside town."  —O magazine, on Perfect Lives

"A thoughtful, riveting collection of intertwined stories of love, loss, and keeping up appearances."  —Harper's Bazaar on Perfect Lives

"One wishes, at times, for more narrative reward, but Samson's dreamy, evocative prose quietly offers its own."  —Entertainment Weekly on Perfect Lives

"Samson narrates each piece fully and effortlessly...the collection is a pleasure to read."—Booklist

"haunting and satisfying collection" and say that "the stories disrupt and erupt—just like the relationships so honestly examined within them...It is the stuff that unsettles that makes this collection so deeply touching."—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781860496677
Publisher:
Virago Press, Limited
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Pages:
213
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.87(h) x (d)

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Raffaella Barker
Polly Samson has pitched her tales of lopsided love, ambiguity, jealousy, manipulation, and madness perfectly, writing with assurance and seduction.
Fay Weldon
When I give up, she can take over.

Meet the Author

Polly Samson has worked in publishing and as a journalist, most recently for the SUNDAY TIMES. She is married with three young sons.

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