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5.0 out of 5 stars
Absolutely delightful stories, 3 Nov. 2010
The other reviewers must have been reading a different book, because Polly Samson's new stories are full of delights. She's a brilliantly observant writer. She's wry and poignant by turns, with a telephoto lens-like eye for the telling detail. Her descriptions of the natural world from dragonflies and rivers to the beach or a lover's smile, are always spot-on. Far from staying in easy domestic territory - and whoever said domestic life is easy, by the way? - she succeeds in navigating such difficulties as the discovery of a spouse's infidelity, loneliness, a solitary walker's fear of an ominous stranger, the rough and tumble of family life. But don't be fooled by the ironic title: there's nothing perfect about these lives. That's because what Samson is writing about is real situations, the real hurdles we all have to face. She's a tremendous writer, never better. The book's also laugh out loud funny.