Author: Julie Metz
About: (book blurb) Julie Metz’s life changes forever on one ordinary January afternoon when her husband, Henry, collapses on the kitchen floor and dies in her arms. Suddenly, this mother of a six-year-old is the young widow in a bucolic small town. And this is only the beginning. Seven months after Henry’s death, just when Julie thinks she is emerging from the worst of it, comes the rest of it: Henry had hidden another life from her.
Thoughts: Perfection is the story Julie Metz tells of finding out her recently deceased husband was a habitual cheater most of the time she knew him. He was a master of manipulation. At one point Julie says she ignored red flags in his behavior that should have warned her. He was often critical of her and at times downright mean.
The story of their marriage and his cheating unfolds through Julie’s memories as well as emails found on his computer after his death and subsequent phone conversations with some of the other women. I was amazed that the women were willing to talk to Julie about their relationship with her husband. What results is a story that I found disturbing and depressing.
I understand that Julie Metz needed to know what made her husband strive for his idea of perfection or whatever it was he was searching for. I admire that she was able to survive such a nightmare of betrayal and move forward with her life. I wish her all the best.
Why I Chose: BookSparks PR invited me to participate in the blog tour.
Recommend? It was a tough read for me but ultimately Julie Metz proves that one can experience incredible betrayal and then move forward. Her inner strength is inspirational.
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About Julie Metz
Julie Metz is a graphic designer, artist and freelance writer whose essays have appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Hemispheres, Glamour, and more. Julie received a MacDowell Fellowship in 2008 where she completed work on Perfection and began work on a novel. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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