Author(s): Charles Boyle
The stories in "The Manet Girl" explore sexual relations ? from both male and female points of view ? in the present, but sometimes with a backdrop of several decades. Stories of desire and confusion ? other men and other women ? sit alongside stories of art ? galleries, studios, allusions to painters ? which gets in the way as least as often as it illuminates. Choices are made, in the knowledge that distractions may be the most important things of all.