Teasing out the extraordinary within the everyday, FALSE PRETENCES is a contemporary novel in mosiac. Through the separate yet interlinked stories, it traces the lives of two women as they deal with the complexities of love, private terrors, violence and - most precarious of all - hope. There is mystery, wry humour, sometimes tragedy beneath the jaunty surfaces glimpsed through the years, until, by the end, we have encompassed their lives.
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"It is a tribute to Lee Langley's controlled style and wit that by the end you long to start the book again." ( Daily Telegraph)
"A stunning collection of short stories, each of which stands alone, yet is satisfyingly linked . . . Langley is a talented chronicler of the human condition." ( Daily Mail)
"A series of delicately fashioned cameos . . . tantalising and satisfying." ( Sunday Times)
False Pretences is Lee Langley's acclaimed first collection of short stories. Two women feature throughout, either in leading roles, or on the sidelines of somebody else's drama. A novel in mosaic. Fragments of love and betrayal, bitterness and regret come together to form a whole and with humour and rueful affection. Langley peels away the layers to reveal her characters facing turning points in their lives, stripped of defences and pretences.
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Book Description Vintage, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 304 pages. 7.83x5.08x0.87 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0099273152