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ISBN13: 9780812993301
ISBN10: 0812993306
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A spellbinding novel that will resonate with readers of Mark Haddon, Louise Erdrich, and John Irving, Perfect tells the story of a young boy who is thrown into the murky, difficult realities of the adult world with far-reaching consequences.

Byron Hemmings wakes to a morning that looks like any other: his school uniform draped over his wooden desk chair, his sister arguing over the breakfast cereal, the click of his mother’s heels as she crosses the kitchen. But when the three of them leave home, driving into a dense summer fog, the morning takes an unmistakable turn. In one terrible moment, something happens, something completely unexpected and at odds with life as Byron understands it. While his mother seems not to have noticed, eleven-year-old Byron understands that from now on nothing can be the same.

What happened and who is to blame? Over the days and weeks that follow, Byron’s perfect world is shattered. Unable to trust his parents, he confides in his best friend, James, and together they concoct a plan....

As she did in her debut, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce has imagined bewitching characters who find their ordinary lives unexpectedly thrown into chaos, who learn that there are times when children must become parents to their parents, and who discover that in confronting the hard truths about their pasts, they will forge unexpected relationships that have profound and surprising impacts. Brimming with love, forgiveness, and redemption, Perfect will cement Rachel Joyce’s reputation as one of fiction’s brightest talents.

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Perfect is a poignant and powerful book, rich with empathy and charged with beautiful, atmospheric writing.” Tana French,  author of In the Woods and Broken Harbor

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“[Rachel] Joyce, showing the same talent for adroit plot development seen in the bestselling The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, brings both narrative strands together in a shocking, redemptive denouement.” Publishers Weekly

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“[Perfect’s] unputdownable factor...lies in its exploration of so many multilayered emotions. There is the unbreakable bond between mother and son, the fear of not belonging...and how love can offer redemption.” London Evening Standard

About the Author

Rachel Joyce is the author of the international bestseller The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. She is also the award-winning writer of more than twenty plays for BBC Radio 4. She started writing after a twenty-year acting career, in which she performed leading roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company and won multiple awards. Rachel Joyce lives with her family on a Gloucestershire farm.

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The Lost Entwife, April 13, 2014 (view all comments by The Lost Entwife)
Rachel Joyce has been on my radar for a while now. I remember the first time I saw the cover of her first book, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - I was completely smitten with it. In fact, I fell in love with it so much that I have yet to pick up the book for fear that it won't live up to the cover. But then, I picked up Perfect, excited to see it offered by NetGalley, and I was immediately sucked into the story. The premise: two boys in 1972 and a problem with time, appealed to me and I couldn't wait to find out what exactly the big mystery was.story of the story as well as the modern day problems of Jim. I sympathized with the boys and wondered just when the mystery surrounding James would be completely revealed. I was, frankly, obsessed. I stayed up late to find out just what would happen and I will say that it was totally worth the reveal.

I have to say that I thoroughly admire Joyce's way of weaving a web of a story. I was captured completely by both the history of the story as well as the modern day problems of Jim. I sympathized with the boys and wondered just when the mystery surrounding James would be completely revealed. I was, frankly, obsessed. I stayed up late to find out just what would happen and I will say that it was totally worth the reveal.
What I found most interesting, however, was Joyce's treatment of differences. I loved how sensitive she was when dealing with a modern-day Jim, and how patient she was in telling the back-story of Byron and James. I will admit to being a bit frustrated, at times, at the leisurely path the story took to get to the ending, but I wasn't disappointed. I do want to say, however, that if you are looking for an ending that will make you gasp out loud and exclaim about how crazy good this book is, you may not find it here. Instead, what I experienced was a deep sense of satisfaction when I closed the book.

I have to say that if a book moved a bit slowly at times is the only criticism I can make, then I have to say that Perfect by Rachel Joyce is just nearly ... well, perfect. I would recommend this story to any that feel as if they need to explore the quieter, but just as desperate, side of life.
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bugzna2000, January 23, 2014 (view all comments by bugzna2000)
This is a unique novel that follows parallel stories of Byron and James, two mentally challenged individuals and friends. Characters are flawed, quirky and have peculiar illusions of reality and truth ��" but they are for the most part, very likeable. A great follow-up effort by the author of the Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. It is both heartbreaking and compelling. Well done.
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The Loopy Librarian, October 30, 2013 (view all comments by The Loopy Librarian)
Wow!! If I had the final print instead of an uncorrected proof, I'd be quoting this book left and right. It is so beautifully written. The imagery is striking; the observations are witty or profound or both, and the characters are precisely drawn right down to the buttons on their clothes. Even the setting, the moors, is vital to the story. The author makes outstanding use of personification. Everything is animated. Time, in particular, becomes a living, breathing entity that appears to willfully disrupt and destroy. Who or what is to blame for the accident that changes everything? That central question defines this mesmerizing story. The end has a twist and a glimmer of hope. I highly recommend Perfect for fans of literary fiction. The characters and their story will remain with you long after you've turned the final page.

In accordance with FTC guidelines, please note that I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812993301
Author:
Joyce, Rachel
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
Literature-Family Life
Publication Date:
20140114
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.59 x 5.78 x 1.17 in 1.2 lb

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"Review" by , Perfect is a poignant and powerful book, rich with empathy and charged with beautiful, atmospheric writing.”
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"Review" by , “[Perfect’s] unputdownable factor...lies in its exploration of so many multilayered emotions. There is the unbreakable bond between mother and son, the fear of not belonging...and how love can offer redemption.”
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