Fiction Choice of the Year. "[O]riginal and compelling. . . . She makes everyday tragedy her subject matter, but forever errs on the side of optimism."
--The Sunday Times
treat of a book...stories strung together cleverly into a novel." - Esther Freud, Books of the Year.
--The Daily Telegraph"This is a masterly book. . . .Polly Samson loves these people, describing them with incisive wit and generous compassion."
--The Financial Times
"Perfect Lives confirms Samson's reputation as a significant chronicler of contemporary life
." --The Observer
"With her effortless prose and unflinching eye, Samson dips beneath the surface of apparently contented, even blessed lives, and the result is compelling, disturbing and moving
." --Maggie O'Farrell
"Dreamy evocative prose." Entertainment Weekly
"Her finely-wrought collection of eleven closely-linked stories . . . plumbs the depths of the human psyche, revealing insecurities, infidelities, and an enduring tenacious spirit, Samson's deft touch balances pathos, love, and humor, providing an absorbing look into very real contemporary lives." Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Polly Samson is the author of the highly-acclaimed short story collection Lying in Bed and the novel Out of the Picture. She has written lyrics for two number one albums - Pink Floyd's The Division Bell, and On An Island by her husband David Gilmour.