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Perfect - A Novel

Rachel Joyce

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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. Praise for Perfect "Touching, eccentric . . . Joyce does an inviting job of setting up these mysterious circumstances, and of drawing Byron's magical closeness with Diana."-Janet Maslin, The New York Times "Haunting . . . compelling."-Minneapolis Star Tribune "[Joyce] triumphantly returns with Perfect. . . . As Joyce probes the souls of Diana, Byron and Jim, she reveals-slowly and deliberately, as if peeling back a delicate onion skin-the connecti

Language:

English

Narrators:

Paul Rhys

Length:

11h 19m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

05:00


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

18:50


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

04:12


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

17:24


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

04:12


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

18:10


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

19:11


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

24:28


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

16:51


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

08:49


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

06:52


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

19:59


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

21:23


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

24:35


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

02:36


Part 1, Chapter 15
Part 1, Chapter 15

16:09


Part 2, Chapter 1
Part 2, Chapter 1

39:33


Part 2, Chapter 2
Part 2, Chapter 2

20:50


Part 2, Chapter 3
Part 2, Chapter 3

16:59


Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 2, Chapter 4

08:11


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

26:46


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

14:47


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

26:59


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

15:09


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

36:35


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

11:16


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

15:59


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

09:25


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

14:21


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

03:27


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

22:25


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

09:30


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

14:09


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

11:39


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

10:12


Part 3, Chapter 1
Part 3, Chapter 1

18:32


Part 3, Chapter 2
Part 3, Chapter 2

04:01


Part 3, Chapter 3
Part 3, Chapter 3

17:54


Part 3, Chapter 4
Part 3, Chapter 4

03:37


Part 3, Chapter 5
Part 3, Chapter 5

14:12


Part 3, Chapter 6
Part 3, Chapter 6

29:53


Part 3, Chapter 7
Part 3, Chapter 7

13:28


Part 3, Chapter 8
Part 3, Chapter 8

04:09


Part 3, Chapter 9
Part 3, Chapter 9

16:52


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

00:27