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Out of the Picture

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A reissue of the evocative first novel by the author of Perfect Lives
 
Quite unlike her fair stepsisters, Lizzie is dark and secretive, "just like your father," says her mother. But what was her father like? Photos of him are hidden away, and snatches of overheard conversation between her mother and her stepfather deepen the mystery. Only her best friend Savannah—also abandoned by her father when she was a baby—knows what it ...

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Overview

A reissue of the evocative first novel by the author of Perfect Lives
 
Quite unlike her fair stepsisters, Lizzie is dark and secretive, "just like your father," says her mother. But what was her father like? Photos of him are hidden away, and snatches of overheard conversation between her mother and her stepfather deepen the mystery. Only her best friend Savannah—also abandoned by her father when she was a baby—knows what it feels like to wonder, to try and piece together an earlier story. When events propel Lizzie to go alone to London she stops wondering and starts searching. Beautifully evoking the ache of childhood loss, the scrappy joys of chaotic families, and the hurt and relief of understanding, this novel reveals Polly Samson's talent for laying bare the uncomfortable truths that lie just under the skin, in every family, in every secret.

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"A finely crafted diversion."  —Publisher Weekly
The Times
A talent and a writing style that feels as natural as air.
The Sunday Times
Insight, humour and wry sympathy… a compelling and moving exploration of the way secrets and lies can breed obsession.
Publishers Weekly
A clerk in a London photo agency, 20-something Lizzie is trapped in an unhappy affair with her compulsively philandering married boss. For Lizzie, the likably neurotic heroine of Polly Samson's Out of the Picture, everything that's wrong with her life seems to lead back to her father, who abandoned the family when she was small and continues to obsess her. Samson's debut novel (which follows the story collection Lying in Bed) is a finely crafted diversion, but if there are no wrong notes, there's also not much that sets these characters apart from the distant parents and mournful young women who populate so many post-Mona Simpson coming-of-age novels. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844088065
  • Publisher: Virago UK
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Polly Samson is the author of Lying in Bed and Perfect Lives. She cowrites lyrics with her husband David Gilmour for his band Pink Floyd.

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