Almost Perfect: A Novel

Almost Perfect: A Novel

by Alice Adams

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“No other writer in recent memory has called to mind so clearly the work of F. Scott Fitzgerald.”  --The Washington Post
In Almost Perfect, Alice Adams brilliantly and movingly explores what happens to love when the beloved is transformed into someone unrecognizable.
They were an almost perfect couple. They met when Stella Blake was not yet a famous writer, but Richard Fallon is an artist known by everyone: charming, talented; he loved and hated adored, admired. And they fall in love when she interviews him for a magazine. But then Stella watches as the man she adores begins a steady and frightening descent into darkness, even madness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307798183
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/08/2011
Series: Vintage Contemporaries
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Alice Adams was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia and raised in North Carolina, and graduated from Radcliffe College. She was the recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and the O. Henry Lifetime Achievement Award. She was the author of five collections of short stories and ten novels, among them Listening to Billie, Superior Women, Second Chances, and A Southern Exposure. She lived in San Francisco until her death in 1999.

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Almost Perfect 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Richard arrives, bearing wine and sometimes bourbon, often flowers, and after an endless languishing kiss at the door, they settle in the living room for several drinks. For talking, for kissing.' I just had to read this book, having just completed Superior Women by this author. I found this book rather entertaining with a multitude of characters of the art a literary world. The couple in the story, Stella Blake and Richard Fallon seems to have the world at their feet for them, and they are compatible in many ways. They both love cooking for each other, dining out at exotic restaurants, and they truly seem to love each other very much. But do they really? For Richard Fallon is a dificult man, sometimes hard to please and poor Stella finds herself sometimes trying too hard. That's the mystery of it all and the reason this book is called Almost Perfect, so you must read on and see what happens when the party decorations come down and life challenges are thrown their way. Almost Perfect held my interest and attention, and I highly recommend it. Reviewed by Heather Marshall Negahdar Bridgetown, BARBADOS 04/03/06)