Lying In Bed Paperback – 4 Nov 2010
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Polly Samson's first collection of short stories reveals a woman steeped in the psychodrama of emotional manipulation. Even the youngest of her narrators are expert in beguiling their parents into a false sense of security, only to spring a fiendishly executed surprise on them which overturns the false assumptions of their adult world. In "Subterfuge", a minx of a teenager hoards lacy knickers at the back of her cupboard whilst meekly offering her navy blue pants to Mum for washing. The ruse is perfect, until sex and drugs rear their ugly head and Mum realises her little madam is a thorn in the family's side and swiftly removes her. Elsewhere, a thirtysomething woman regrets the child she will never have and settles for her childishly demanding husband--an open-ended denouement that hints at the endless mental agony of unfulfilled dreams. Meanwhile, her friend in "The Mermaid's Purse" makes her choice, finds a sperm donor and wreaks havoc in everyone's life but her own. Selfishness pays out, it seems, and the casualties are left to wreak revenge, or suffer in silence. Samson's skill lies in digging beneath that silence to communicate the warped tales we tell ourselves in order to survive. --Lilian Pizzichini --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"haunting and satisfying collection" and say that "the stories disrupt and eruptjust like the relationships so honestly examined within them...It is the stuff that unsettles that makes this collection so deeply touching."Publishers Weekly"See all Product Description
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A book of great stories with a twist. Dipped in an our while on holiday. A good read, but nothing exciting .Published on 30 Nov. 2012 by Helen
Samson's descriptions are a little "writing class". I think she still needs to learn how to make sure that the descriptions don't distract from the story. Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2011 by Dizzydays
The only story worth reading is the last one, "Lucky". It is completely unlike the others because it is obviously based on true events in her life. Read morePublished on 12 Dec. 2000