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. The book becomes a best-seller and Greta is propelled out of her marriage by her own ambition and success. Other characters include Paula, a pregnant twenty-one-year-old, who is on the run from the horror of a man who was hit by a car and died while walking her home from a nightclub; 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.
Rebecca Miller is also the author of Jacob's Folly and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, a Sunday Times bestseller and Richard and Judy Summer Read 2008 title. She worked as a painter and actress before becoming a writer and director. She has written and directed Angela,The Ballad of Jack and Rose, and the most recently, the novel and film The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. Personal Velocity was adapted into a feature film by Rebecca Miller. It won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.