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Out Of The Picture Paperback – 13 Apr 2000
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With OUT OF THE PICTURE, Samson has earned herself a place on people's shelves next to Rafaella Barker, Esther Freud and Barbara Trapido. Between them, they have the market in complex, bohemian families cornered and pinned down (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY.)
Talent and a writing style that feels as natural as air (THE TIMES)
She pinpoints the telling detail in character or landscape and brings her prose to life with evocative scents and colours (DAILY TELEGRAPH)
A fine debut novel. (ESQUIRE)
* A captivating story of a child's investigation into who her real father is and the secrets clouding his disappearanceSee all Product description
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Well-written and keenly observed, Polly Samson's story gently pulls the reader into her heroine's life, making this novel an interesting and absorbing reading experience. Lizzie is an intriguing protagonist who, although doesn't always behave in the way we might want her to, is a strangely appealing and likeable character, drawn into behaving the way she does because of what has happened to her. I found Polly Samson's descriptions of Lizzie's situation rather poignant to read, especially when reading about her temporarily fractured relationship with her mother, and particularly of an occasion where Lizzie clandestinely follows her father and sees him emerging from within the hollowed trunk of a huge oak tree. When he has gone, Lizzie stands where her father has stood. "For the rest of her life, she imagines that when she shut her eyes that day she could hear the breathing of the tree, strangely in time with her own and she felt blessed...Forever more, if anyone asked her what her happiest memory was, it was that hour inside the oak". A bittersweet novel of loss of innocence and lost opportunities but, ultimately, also of hope. I am now very interested in looking at the author's two short story collections: Perfect Lives and Lying in Bed.
For so many of us the missing pieces of our jigsaw lives hold the curiosity and flickers of promise and bring with them intrigue
and a sense of excitement. What will we do when we find out? It would be so different 'if only'
In this simple story where we get to know several characters we see the preoccupation and fascination we can dream up about any one of our missing pieces of the jigsaw puzzle. I think this little book would be great reading for a reading group and spark many a conversation. It is imaginative yet light enough to cope with looking at quite big issues.
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