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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

“Waiting On” Wednesday: Perfect Reader


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication “can't-wait-to-read” selection is:

Perfect Reader by Maggie Pouncey

description (from Goodreads):
In this delightful debut novel, a daughter of a quaint New England college town returns to confront her father’s legacy and the surprising pieces of life he has left behind.

Maggie Pouncey has created an unforgettable charac­ter in the young, headstrong, and quick-witted Flora Dempsey, the only child of Lewis Dempsey, beloved former college president and a famous academic in the league of Harold Bloom. On hearing the news of her father’s death, Flora hastily quits her big-city magazine job and returns to her hometown to in­habit his house. But even weightier is her appoint­ment as her father’s literary executor; it seems he was secretly writing poems at the end of his life—love poems, to a girlfriend Flora didn’t even know he had. Suddenly besieged by well-wishers and literary blog­gers alike, Flora has no choice but to figure out how to navigate it all: the fate of the poems, her relation­ship with the girlfriend who wants a place in her life, her memories of her parents’ divorce, and her own uncertain future.

At once comic and profound, Perfect Reader is a heady, uplifting story of loneliness and of the spur to growth that grief can be. Brimming with life, and with the elbow-patchy wisdom and energy of her still-vivid father, Flora’s story will set her free to be the “perfect reader” not only of her father’s life but of her own life as well.

Publishing 6/15/2010 from Pantheon.

5 comments:

Jill said...

This one's on my list, too! Nice pick...

As for Julia Glass, my favorite of hers so far has been The Whole World Over...

Jan von Harz said...

I can see why you would be anxious to read this one. It has a great premise and appeals to me with its academic and literary setting.

Alayne said...

Wow this sounds really intriguing, kind of mysterious. Love it! My WOW is at The Crowded Leaf.

Carina said...

This looks like fun! I've added it to my TBR list. My pick for this week is here.

Sadako said...

These look great. All added to my list. Great blog, too, btw.