Perfect Lives Samson, author of the acclaimed 1999 story collection Lying in Bed (she is also the wife, coincidentally, of Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour), mines the thoroughly… Perfect Lives Samson, author of the acclaimed 1999 story collection Lying in Bed (she is also the wife, coincidentally, of Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour), mines the thoroughly… 2011-01-01 Fiction Short Stories Virago UK
Book Review

Perfect Lives (2011)

Perfect Lives
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jan 01, 2011; Writer: Polly Samson; Genres: Fiction, Short Stories; Publisher: Virago UK

Samson, author of the acclaimed 1999 story collection Lying in Bed (she is also the wife, coincidentally, of Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour), mines the thoroughly imperfect lives of some dozen denizens of a British seaside town in Perfect Lives, a graceful, melancholy series of interlinking vignettes. Her characters — stymied housewives and aging artists’ muses, pianists and peevish teens — search for connection and redemption, even as the mysteries of human (and in one case, feline) interaction often confound them. One wishes, at times, for more narrative reward, but Samson’s dreamy, evocative prose quietly offers its own. B+

Originally posted Jan 12, 2011 Published in issue #1138 Jan 21, 2011 Order article reprints