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At the Hairdresser's
on 20 December 2011
Penguin shorts are a series of short, original and cheap reads available only in digital form. It is good to see a major publisher embrace the ebook and I have been impressed with those I have read so far in terms of quality, attention to detail and the excellent authors available.
This short story, by Anita Brookner, is a moving and touching tale of an elderly lady living on her own. Elizabeth had a brief marriage, a much loved job as a librarian and a young friendship with Mary and Julie, who went on to marry and have children. Now she is isolated and alone - venturing out only to do her shopping and to visit the hairdressers twice a week. It is through the hairdressers that she meets someone who changes her life...
It is hard to review this without giving away the plot and I would hate to do that. It is enough to say that Anita Brookner paints a picture of Elizabeth that is both realistic and sympathetic and writes a story which will make you think.