In the Driver's Seat The hyperarticulate women in Helen Simpson's stories live half in the world, half in their overcrowded heads, worrying about cancer, traffic, kids, and their souls,… In the Driver's Seat The hyperarticulate women in Helen Simpson's stories live half in the world, half in their overcrowded heads, worrying about cancer, traffic, kids, and their souls,… 2007-05-08 Fiction Short Stories Knopf
Book Review

In the Driver's Seat (2007)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: May 08, 2007; Writer: Helen Simpson; Genres: Fiction, Short Stories; Publisher: Knopf

The hyperarticulate women in Helen Simpson's stories live half in the world, half in their overcrowded heads, worrying about cancer, traffic, kids, and their souls, sometimes all at once. A zippy collection, In the Driver's Seat, includes a few throwaway comic fables, but Simpson's best work chronicles what runs through a woman's mind in the course of a walk or, as in ''Early One Morning,'' a carpool drive. As Zoe listens to children discuss tapeworms, she contemplates macchiatos, divorce, and the arc of a mother's life: ''clear and wide to begin with, narrowing down to the tunnel of the middle years, then flaring wide again before the sands ran out.'' Or so she hopes. A-

Originally posted May 18, 2007 Published in issue #935 May 25, 2007 Order article reprints
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