This weekend all eyes will be on William and Kate as they make their first steps into their Happily Ever After. Even the most rational and intelligent among us will be tuning in to witness first hand their big fat fairytale wedding (you can watch it live here from 11.am tomorrow, btw)
A happy occasion, but also one of immense pressure, the whole thing has got us thinking about the demands we still make of ourselves and each other to lead a certain type of life. What is the contingency plan for when things don’t go as we had hoped? How do we find the light on the other side? What does this so called perfect life look like?
These are just some of the themes explored by Polly Samson in her short story collection, Perfect Lives, out in paperback next Thursday. ‘Perfection is fleeting,’ says Samson in a recent interview with American publication The Daily Beast. ‘Things get broken and for all my characters it is only when they accept imperfection that things get better. Some things can’t be repaired but it takes a broken heart to understand the true meaning of love, or a moment of discord to make the tune.’
We’d love to hear to hear your thoughts on the subject. Was there someone you thought had a perfect life and you remember the moment it was revealed to be imperfect? Tell us about it using the comments box below and you could win one of five copies of the book.
Perfect Lives is published on May 5th.
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