Perfection by Julie Metz

41y58NmVBdL._SL500_AA240_ I was sent the book Perfection by Julie Metz, opened it and read it over 2 nights.  A really worthwhile read.  This is Metz's memoir. 

Metz had been married 16 years when her husband drops dead on their kitchen floor.  All of a sudden she finds herself a widowed 44 year old with a young daughter.  As Metz begins to pick up the pieces of her life, she discovers many hidden truths.  Her husband, Harry,  had been having affairs through out their marriage and even before.  Metz takes control by connecting with everyone that Harry had an affair with to understand the betrayal. Who he was and why was she so blinded.  What comes out of it is a kind of coming of age book at age 44.  You don't have to be 18 and take off the rose colored glasses, it can happen at any age. 

Her notion of perfection, signs she missed, relationships she made and starting to look at the world with a clearer sense of self.  There is a spiritual part of the book too as Metz starts to move from one life and into the next.  It is obvious she was never a believer in all the new age nonsense but so many things have happened that maybe some of it brings value.

I really enjoyed her writing.  Not only is the book well written so you can imagine her people and her surroundings, it is honest and transparent.  I have been really thinking about what she went through since I put down the book and how what she learned makes anyone take a step back and reassess where they stand. 

It hits the book stands June 9th.  Pick it up.

Comments (Archived):

  1. chefbikram

    Hi GG,i recently forme a book club after my group totally flaked on the meeting to be held at my house. instead of complaining, i quit and started a new one. “the sparrow” was to be the flake group’s discussion; it’s a wonderful book by mary doria russel. there is a sequel.anyway, our kickoff book for the new club, aptly named the NO Flake book club, is God of Animals by Aryn Kyle. I really liked it; and i would recommend it. Our first meeting is in less than two weeks.Our next read is The Danish Girl. it’s odd. i like it, but it’s definitely nothing like God of Animals! it will provoke discussion.Curious if you have read any of the above?best, erin

    1. Gotham Gal

      Read the Danish Girl. Will definitely be a good conversation. The book Ijust posted, Perfection, would also be a conversation starter. Haven’t readthe other two you read but will pick them up.

  2. Renee Whaley Lee

    Excellent book…..couldn’t put it down!