- Paperback: 342 pages
- Genre: Memoir
- Publisher: Voice 2009
- Source: Purchased Oxfam Bookshop in UK
- Review Quote: ‘A visual standout, Metz brings refreshing candour to a startling painful tale.’
I have absolutely no idea why this book has so many good reviews, mind you it does seem to have lots of bad ones as well. Maybe if I had read them first I would not have bothered with this tedious, dull read.
I knew it was going to be a memoir about a young woman trying to put her life back together when her husband unexpectedly dies of a heart attack. I also knew that she was going to discover that he had been unfaithful to her, fair enough and very sad, but she carries out a campaign to contact all the women he has been unfaithful with. I just found it difficult to understand why anyone would want to cause themselves such pain, let alone share it with the rest of the world by publishing this memoir!
Perfection is the story of Julie Metz’s personal journey through the chaos of her husbands death and infidelities. She recounts coming to terms with the painful truths, building a life for herself and her young daughter after widowhood and betrayal. Happiness seems to have been found by her if not ‘Perfection’
Maybe she found it cathartic to write this but I certainly did not enjoy reading about the sham of her marriage as she bravely exposes herself to the full glare of the public. You might have done, do let me know.
Is a writer, graphic designer, and artist. In addition to Perfection she has written essays and commentary for publications including The New York Times and Glamour She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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Perfection by Julie Metz
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