Thursday, 7 November 2013

Perfect: A Novel By Rachel Joyce

A Novel
By Rachel Joyce

Hardcover, 400 pages

From the author of the international bestseller, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, comes another exquisite and emotionally resonant novel about the search for the truth and unconditional love.

I really enjoyed The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and was super excited to know that Rachel Joyce has a new novel out. Joyce has a beautiful insight into human emotion and all the small tickings that go on in our hearts and souls.  

Perfect is an achingly personal novel about a young boy and his obsessive drive to protect his mother. 

The characters are unique and quirky and fascinating. This is a book that changes you while you read it. And that is my favourite kind of book. 

From the back flap:

On a foggy spring morning in 1972, twelve-year-old Byron Hemming and his mother are driving to school in the English countryside. On the way, in a life-changing two seconds, an accident occurs. Or does it? Byron is sure it happened, but his mother, sitting right next to him in the car, has no reaction to it. Over the course of the days and weeks that follow, Byron embarks on a journey to discover what really happened--or didn't--that fateful morning when everything changed. It is a journey that will take him--a loveable and cloistered twelve-year-old boy with a loveable and cloistered twelve-year-old boy's perspective on life--into the murkier, more difficult realities of the adult world, where people lie, fathers and mothers fight without words, and even unwilling boys must become men. Byron will have to reconcile the dueling realities of that summer, a testament to the perseverance of the human spirit and the power of compassion.

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.