Perfect

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 arguiA 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 Praise for Rachel Joyce Perfect 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 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 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 The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Rachel Joyce has a lovely sense of the possibilities of redemption She s cleared space where miracles are still possible Ron Charles, The Washington Post Joyce s beguiling debut is a modest seeming story of ordinary English lives that enthralls and moves you as it unfolds People four stars A gorgeously poignant novel of hope and transformation O The Oprah Magazine A gentle adventure with an emotional wallop It s a smart, feel good story I can t think of a better recommendation for summer reading And take your time, just as Harold does Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today From the Hardcover edition.
Perfect 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 ad

  • Title: Perfect
  • Author: Rachel Joyce
  • ISBN: 9780385677721
  • Page: 462
  • Format: Hardcover
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    About the Author

    Rachel Joyce

    Rachel Joyce has written over 20 original afternoon plays for BBC Radio 4, and major adaptations for both the Classic Series, Woman s Hour and also a TV drama adaptation for BBC 2 In 2007 she won the Tinniswood Award for best radio play She moved to writing after a twenty year career in theatre and television, performing leading roles for the RSC, the Royal National Theatre, The Royal Court, and Cheek by Jowl, winning a Time Out Best Actress award and the Sony Silver.

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    • Shelby *trains flying monkeys* said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      2.5 stars Byron Hemming's friend James informs him that two seconds are being added to the year. James knows all kinds of facts so Bryon becomes obsessed with the fact. It will mess everything up. You just can't mess with time. Two seconds are huge. It's the difference between something happening and something not happening. You could take one step too many and fall over the edge of a cliff. It's very dangerous.On the way to school that morning that Bryan thinks the time is being added his mom i [...]

    • Michael said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      I was charmed and emotionally wrenched many times with this coming of age tale combined with that of a middle-aged man trying to evolve past his mental illness. So many passages shone with the special aura of truth. In other ways the plot elements felt a bit too “precious.”The story slowly connects the story of a ten-year old boy, Byron, trying to correct the unhappiness in his mother’s life in 1972 with that of Jim, a lonely middle-aged man beset with obsessive compulsive disorder in the [...]

    • Kevin Ansbro said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      Being a fan of Rachel Joyce's other work (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry & The Love Song of Queenie Hennessy), I had high hopes for this one.Unfortunately I was left feeling underwhelmed, which is a shame as the premise is a fascinating one: how life can turn on a sixpence within the blink of an eye; in this case within the space of two leap seconds, which were added to time in the year 1972.Perfect is incredibly sad, but it's also ponderous; it truly lacks pizzazz and needs some va-v [...]

    • Marvin said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      Great literary dramas strive on understatement. From the first few pages of Rachel Joyce's nearly perfect Perfect, we know there will be tragedy. We know it will affect two children in traumatic ways. But the author leads us on oh so slowly, giving us bits and pieces as we need them. We are given a tantalizing premise at the first page. In 1972, James Lowe tells his best friend Byron Hemmings, that 2 seconds were added onto time to keep it in sync with the earth's movement. What James accepts as [...]

    • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestHave you ever picked up a book to find that it wasn't what you expected? PERFECT was that for me. It was really difficult to get into, but the beautiful writing and dual narrative were oddly compelling. More so when you start to see how the concept of "perfect" ties into the adult man, Jim, who is ruled by his OCD and the demons from his past, and Byron, the child of WASP-y parents whose lives are torn apart because of a tragedy.It's been a while [...]

    • Mo said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      I received an advance copy of this book through a GoodReads contest. My thanks to the author.I opened the book… read a few pages… closed the book. Opened the book… read a few pages… closed the book. You get the idea? I just couldn’t get into the story. It seemed to go and on, and I could see where the main part of the story was headed, and it seemed to be CRAWLING to get there. It was an awfully long way to go to get to the payoff at the end (for the other part of the dual story).I sta [...]

    • Hanne said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      I absolutely loved Rachel Joyce’s debut novel ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’, so I was excited to start her latest one. And as it often goes with books you’re really excited about: some of my hopes were satisfied, some a bit less. But that doesn’t change the fact that this is a really nice book that many people will enjoy reading.Two alternating stories are being told in this novel. The most interesting one takes place in 1972, the year that two seconds were going to be added [...]

    • Maxine (Booklover Catlady) said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      Astonishing book, I'm in tears after literally just finishing it, this book punched me in the stomach and took emotions to another place. I have rarely cried reading a book, interestingly Rachel Joyce's first novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry did too.I won't repeat the book synopsis here but the book is magical, the writing is sublime. It is a book to please persist with, it can seem slow going in places but when all the pieces of the story interweave together it will be worth it, I p [...]

    • Barbara said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      Eleven-year-old Byron Hemmings becomes anxious when his friend James tells him that two seconds are going to be added to the clock to compensate for the 1972 leap year. Fretting about this when his mother Diana is driving him to upscale Winston House school one morning, Byron is sure his watch has moved backward. He insists on showing Diana the watch, which causes her to swerve her Jaguar and hit a young girl on Digby Street - a neighborhood of working class people. Unaware of what's happened Di [...]

    • Margarita said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      1.5 out of 5.There are two alternating parallel narratives in this novel that eventually intersect. Pacing is an issue. ¾ of the novel moves at a snail’s pace while the last ¼ is rushed. The conclusion, although satisfactory (in that it wraps up the storyline), is too tidy to be realistic.Character development is stiff – As a result, the unfolding of events don’t quite fit together. The literary devices used to move the story forward are gimmicky, forced and deliberately misleading. All [...]

    • Patrice Hoffman said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      How many times have we convinced ourselves that we'd only missed a change so profound to our lives by a few second? Or that if only we'd been somewhere at a certain time could our luck have gone differently? This is the idea that cripples Byron Hemmings when he's sure that the 2 seconds added on to time have caused a chain reaction of events that forever change his life. Rachel Joyce's Perfect explores time and how it affects us all. Good or bad.In June of 1972, Byron's overactive imagination co [...]

    • Carolyn said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      This is the story of two young boys, a dysfunctional family and how a small event rippled out to affect lives over the next few decades.The two boys, Byron and James are intrigued by the announcement that time is going to be advanced by two seconds to account for the slight difference the Earth's rotation and the length of a year. Byron becomes obsessed with how this will affect his life and when his mother Diana has an accident at the time he believes the seconds are added, events in his life s [...]

    • Ace said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      My third Rachel Joyce novel, all of which are 5 star gorgeous reads ❤❤❤❤❤

    • Jill said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      First, I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a big thank you to FirstReads and Random House for providing an advance copy of PERFECT in exchange for an honest review. I was thrilled to win this book since I loved Ms. Joyce's debut book, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye.Rachel Joyce deserves applause for not going back to the well. PERFECT is an entirely different book, revealing the versatility of this author. And indeed, I expect it WILL be Perfect for some readers. My personal reading expe [...]

    • Jane said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      In 1972 two seconds were added to time, to bring the clock back into line with the movement of the earth. Now two seconds might not seem like very much at all, but they could be very important. Byron was eleven years old, and he knew that.“Two seconds are huge. It’s the difference between something happening and something not happening. It’s very dangerous.” He was right, of course. Two seconds can make all the difference; for better or for worse.Byron and his best friend James talked it [...]

    • Ian Mond said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      If I was a really shitty critic I’d begin this review by saying something pithy like:It’s the brave author who decides to call their book Perfect. Instead I’d rather show you why I loved this book so much:"‘I know what I’m doing Byron, I don’t need help’. Every word of Lucy’s sounded like a neat little attack on the air."There’s something just a little bit perfect about that turn of phrase. a neat little attack on the air… Those seven words not only say something about the co [...]

    • Tiffany said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      This book was not what I expected at all. I requested a copy of this title from Net Galley, based on the literary praise the author received for her prior novel. I often enjoy British authors, as their tone and writing style is different that that of American writers. Overall, I found the book to be confusing, disjointed and overall depressing. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a variety of fiction and depressing doesn't automatically tank a book for me, but in this case, it was depressing without red [...]

    • Michael said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      Two boys, two seconds, two women, one incident and Byron's world slowly implodes. 1972 and Byron Hemming is a normal young lad to middle class parents and has a best friend named James Lowe who Byron thinks is the cleverest boy in school. Everything in Byron's world is going fine until James tells him about the announcement that 2 seconds were being added to time. This seemingly innocuous event would be the start of a gradual disintegration of his mental health. He become's obsessed with this an [...]

    • *TUDOR^QUEEN* said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      Byron and James were school friends in 1972 England who connected with their shared intelligence and sensitivity. Byron always looked up to James, and their peers hung on every word he'd say. James seemed a bit fragile and eccentric, as if he bore a weight with his added knowledge. When James told Byron that he'd read in a newspaper that two seconds would be added that year, Byron fretted about it. A lot can happen in two seconds. In Byron's mind it was responsible for a crucial event that chang [...]

    • Jools said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      I was one of many fans of RJ's previous work The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. If you where not a fan of this book please do not be put off reading this book as it is totally different in many ways. For me I read this in 3 days, and each time I picked the book up I was transported straight away into this world I was reading on paper.The story follows two protagonists, Byron who is a 11 year old boy telling us of the events of one fateful summer in 1972 which revolves around him being told f [...]

    • Λίνα Θωμάρεη said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      Τζέιμς, Μπάιρον, Τζιμ συν 2 δευτερόλεπτα Τι κοινό μπορούν να έχουν?2 άνθρωποι του χτες, 1 άνθρωπος του παρόν και 2 δευτερόλεπτα να πλανιούνται στον αέρα.Ντάιαν, Μπέβερλι και Τζίνι 3 άνθρωποι του χτες κρίκοι της ιστορίας.Δεν ενθουσιάστηκα τόσο πολύ με την ιστορία του βιβλίου. Τε [...]

    • Ali said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      I won’t be at all surprised if ‘Perfect’ isn’t the book that gets people talking this summer. Rachel Joyce’s first novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was hugely successful and popular last year – deservedly so, I loved it too. I was delighted therefore to receive this review copy of Rachel Joyce’s new novel and have been looking forward to it.This is certainly a novel to read with a lump in the throat – and a tear in the eye. There were moments I smiled too – rather wr [...]

    • Marianne said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      “Sometimes it is easier, he thinks, to live out the mistakes we have made than to summon the energy and imagination to repair them”Perfect is the second novel by bestselling British author, Rachel Joyce. In the heat of the 1972 English summer, Byron Hemmings, an intense and thoughtful eleven-year-old boy, is worried. His best friend (and the smartest boy in school), James Lowe has told him two seconds are to be added to time. He understands it is necessary, but can’t shake a feeling of ter [...]

    • Nick Davies said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      A slightly difficult one to form an overall impression of - unlike a number of disappointments in recent times where the set-up of the story was great but the denouement poor, this to me was the other way round. The first two hundred and fifty (or so) pages were frustratingly meandering with little to anchor together separate strands, but the ending did pull this novel up by its bootlaces. As with 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry', this book was set up by an unlikely reaction to a happenin [...]

    • Angela said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      I thoroughly enjoyed Rachel Joyce’s first novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold fry and eagerly awaited a second book by this talented author. Perfect is the title of this second offering and I have to say that I enjoyed it as much as the first.The story is set in two different time zones; the spring and summer of 1972 and the present, with the some of the characters featuring in both zones. As the story unfolds, it eventually becomes obvious that there will be some merging of the two stran [...]

    • Dale Harcombe said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      This book is not perfect but it is a good read, once you get into it. For the first chapter or so I wasn’t convinced, but then in its sneaky way it drew me in. Byron and James, are two 11-year-olds attending Winston House School. James shares information with Byron that at some point two seconds will be added to time. Byron keeps waiting for it to happen. When it does, he cannot believe the difference it makes in the life of his mother Diana and ultimately in his life as well.The book alternat [...]

    • Robin said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      This was a book that I wasn't sure I would like as it seemed very dark and the characters seemed somewhat vague (mainly because the story is told from the viewpoint of a child), and, quite frankly, I might not have continued if we weren't having a Skype discussion with the author today [Dec 18]. Turned out I was glad I continued as I really liked it by the time I finished and even got a little weepy at the end. Joyce did a masterful job at creating interesting characters with many flaws, and her [...]

    • Karen said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      It took me a really long time to finish this book. I kept putting it aside in favor of more interesting fare. I was especially disappointed because I enjoyed Rachel Joyce's first book, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, so much that I ordered this book from the UK when it was first published. I didn't want to wait for the US publication date. But, woe is me. The story seemed promising at first, but quickly became disturbing. The characters are exceptionally flawed with a panoply of psycholog [...]

    • Quiltgranny said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      Another wonderful book by Rachel Joyce, now one of my most favorite authors. The tone she uses seems authentic for her characters and the place and time of the storyI went back to share several passages with friends just because they were so well written. The characters are believable, and while I was not expecting any surprises, I was pleasantly surprised every time something happened that caught me off guard. I was in awe occasionally, sometimes smiling at the turn of events, and crying at oth [...]

    • Dianne said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 18:00 PM

      Strangely unique, or brilliantly twisted drama that slowly unfolds, crumb by crumb to leave me speechless, Perfect by Rachel Joyce doesn’t fit neatly into a prescribed genre and I love authors who color outside the lines with bold strokes! Scientists have decided that there must be two seconds added to time, no big deal, right? But for young Byron, those two seconds were enough time to have his life slowly implode around him, mentally overpowering his sense of well-being and ease. But were the [...]

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