lørdag den 26. februar 2011

Laura Lippman, Hardly Knew Her II

This is the second post about Lippman´s collection of short stories.

The Babysitter´s Code
"The rules, the real ones, have seldom been written down, yet every girl knows them." 
Read this story about the young babysitter Terri Snyder, and you´ll never let a teenage girl babysit in your home again. Or perhaps you should just think about what you have left lying around in your lingerie drawer before you go.

Hardly Knew Her
Sofia is "a lean, hipless girl, the type that older men still called a tomboy in 1975" - a young girl who loves football but hates her father´s poker games - and the consequences for his family. His father has a habit of raiding the house and selling their belongings, and what can a girl do to get her treasures back? Quite a lot, it seems.

Arm and the Woman 

Many of my readers probably know much more about soccer moms than I do. Sally Holt is one of them, and she is also a very good listener which makes her very popular among men as well as women.

"To be a stay-at-home mother in Northwest D.C. was to be nothing less that a general, the Patton of the car pool, the Eisenhower of the HOV lane."

But when her husband leaves her, the whole system falls apart, and Sally has to come up with a plan to keep her home.

6 kommentarer:

Margot Kinberg sagde ...

Dorte - Oh, those look like very interesting stories. Fortunately my daughter is an adult now and doesn't need a babysitter or a "soccer mom." :-)

Dorte H sagde ...

Margot: it is funny how some stories scare you much more than others ;)

Clarissa Draper sagde ...

I knew there was a reason I didn't have teenage babysitters! Thanks for the review.

Dorte H sagde ...

Clarissa: you are welcome.

Mason Canyon sagde ...

These stories sound interesting. You've peaked my interest about the babysitter. Love the cover of the book too.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Dorte H sagde ...

Mason: all her stories are fine, but I have mentioned some of those I find most memorable.