Anywhere but Here by Mona Simpson

By Mona Simpson

Anywhere yet Here is a relocating, usually comedian portrait of clever baby Ann August and her mom, Adele, a larger-than-life American dreamer. As they shuttle during the panorama in their frequently conflicting objectives, Ann and Adele convey to existence a singular that may be a impressive exploration of the perennial urge to maintain relocating, even on the threat of profound disorientation. Simpson's first novel is eventually a heart-rendering story of a mom and daughter's priceless courting.

"The ladies during this booklet are American originals. Ann is a brand new Huck Finn, a difficult, humorous, creative love of a woman. Adele is like not anyone I've encountered, instantaneously deplorable and admirable--and altogether believable."
--Walker Percy

"Anywhere yet Here is a ask yourself: monstrous, advanced, masterfully written, it's an success that lands [Simpson] within the entrance ranks of our greatest novelists."
--Newsweek

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Sorry. I mean, that’s great. ’ We head out together. Miss Murray’s busy shuffling papers around and doesn’t look up as we pass. I should be glad I’ve got away without being grilled about last lesson. Instead, I suddenly feel flat. Is she ignoring me? Is she annoyed with me because I skived last lesson? Or am I flattering myself and she doesn’t actually think about her students enough to care one way or the other? Whatever it is, I realise I don’t like it. I don’t want to be ignored by Miss Murray; I want to be smiled at and praised.

When the check-out woman sees the look on his face, she just shoves the perfume into a plastic bag and gives us a dirty stare as she passes it across the counter. ‘Nice doing business with you,’ Cat calls over her shoulder as we leave the shop. I don’t say anything till we’re safely down the road, then I explode. ’ ‘Ask to have it gift-wrapped. ’ ‘It’s a present,’ she says. ‘What d’you mean it’s a—’ Then she holds the perfume out to me. ‘It’s for you. ’ She can always steal the wind out of someone’s sails, Cat can.

34 That’s me. Except for one thing. I’m halfway down the stairs when I realise I’ve still got my pyjamas on. Well, I wasn’t expecting him to come round, was I? Which leaves: c) Change out of your Primark PJs with the teddy bear pattern and piece of string holding up the trousers because the elastic’s gone? Mostly Cs: oh, dear. You are the one who’s always left behind as you haven’t quite figured out how to keep up with the go-getters. Try to think ahead a little. Get in shape, get it together, but most of all, get a life.

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