Modern stories of women grappling with sexuality, fate, motherhood, infidelity, desperation and an overriding will to survive – from the bestselling author of The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
‘An excellent book’ Guardian
The vibrantly fresh and lustrous stories in Miller’s collection explore the multifaceted lives of women in seven arresting portraits. Modern and diverse, these women of different classes and ages struggle with sexuality, fate, motherhood, infidelity, desperation, and an overriding will to survive.
We meet Greta, a cookbook editor who is chosen by Tavi, the hottest writer of his generation, to edit his new book; Paula, a pregnant twenty-one-year-old, who is on the run; Delia, an abused working-class wife who goes into hiding with her children; and Louisa, a painter who moves rapidly from one lover to the next, acting out a self-perpetuating drama over which she has no control.
Edgy, fearless, and beautifully spare, Personal Velocity is a superb collection from one of the best writers in contemporary fiction.
“Miller is a brilliantly observant writer with a sharp eye … In her hands, every emotion and state of mind are fully imagined and accurately realised.”
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“She is good with words: economical, deft with detail … Miller writes with a welcome sensitivity … compelling.”
“Emotionally and intellectually, every tale in this debut volume is a quick fix, a burst of clarity delivered at breakneck speed: perfect stuff for a visually orientated, easily distracted generation … This is an excellent book.”
“Miller really knows momentum. Each story launches a fully rounded character into play like a pinball sprung into action.”
“A talented and highly visual writer.”
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Rebecca Miller is a writer and director. She is the author of The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, a Sunday Times bestseller and Richard & Judy Book Club pick, which she also adapted for screen; Personal Velocity, her feature film of which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance; and Jacob’s Folly. Her film work includes Angela, The Ballad of Jack and Rose and Maggie’s Plan. Her work has been published in thirty-two languages.