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Imperfect Bliss: A Novel Hardcover – July 3, 2012
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"Chick lit with an intellectual streak." —Library Journal
“Convincingly updates Pride and Prejudice for the twenty-first century …the novel’s strength is Bliss, a complicated, thoughtful woman—a feminist raising a princess-obsessed daughter, and a very funny narrator. Issues of racial and economic prejudice add depth to the Austenesque social commentary.” —Booklist
"Imperfect Bliss is the perfect summer read. Susan Fales-Hill, a magnificent storyteller, has written a poignant and piquant comedy of manners that will make Jane Austen fans swoon. Delicious!"
—Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife
"Imperfect Bliss is a hoot! Featuring a heroine who becomes entangled in the nutty world of reality TV, it's a fast, fun read." —Sarah Pekkanen, author of The Opposite of Me and These Girls
"If Candace Bushnell and Zadie Smith had a literary love child, the result would be Imperfect Bliss." —Keli Goff, author of The GQ Candidate
"Imperfect Bliss's romantic heroine ultimately finds her epiphany in a journey through family discord, reality TV productions, and a candlelight dinner for two...this is reading as alluring as the best French perfume." —André Leon Talley, Editor At Large, Vogue
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I doubt I can find the correct words to describe the writing, which is so full of predictable clichés and cringe-worthy sentences that it's hard to see past it to the plot line. Calling this "reality TV - Jane Austen style" impugns Austen. To paraphrase Jane, it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a bad chick lit book will include vapid characters, overwrought feelings, and overblown prose. To wit, there are 9, count 'em, NINE dedications before the book even starts.
Sheesh. I've read better writing on the side of a bus.
I really didn't get into this book until well after page 100. I found the mother annoying and the father flat. The only time I connected with the father was when he was with his granddaughter. I know that he is supposed to be like the father in Pride and Prejudice and maybe a bit...I have read that book at least a dozen times and yet he seemed flat. The mother was over the top and scary at times, she acted like the mother from Pride and Prejudice but more so and not in a good way. The sisters were very one dimensional, the youngest being the free spirit, the middle being the beauty bent on having money, the next oldest being the Elizabeth character in Pride and Prejudice going by the nickname Bliss and the oldest Victoria. Victoria was the most thought-out character, besides Bliss, in the bunch. She had problems, solutions and a strong head on her shoulders to combat her bossy mother.
After page 100+ the story started to finally take shape and I found an interest in what was going on and who was going to end up happy or not. Most readers aren't going to make it that far without something more exciting happening or something they actually care about happening. I found the story predictable, dull and lacking in any real interest. When I finally got past page 150 or so I read the rest in one sitting and enjoyed the ending.Read more ›
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I enjoyed this book - very different story, interesting mix of characters. The author took a current phenomenon, reality shows, and built an interesting story around it, pulling... Read morePublished 22 months ago by DiFi
I enjoyed this book for what it is: a humorous take on human foibles, with a bit of romance thrown in. Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by Leyenda
The Jane Austen spin off books were interesting in the beginning, but now I am just beleaguered by them. The volume of them is ridiculous. Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by Kelly Houser
i don't usually like these kind of books - i should have stopped but kept going - easy reading but i didn't like itPublished on April 10, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Silly and an absolute horrible attempt at modernizing Pride and Prejudice. I read this for my Book Club and could not have been more disappointed. Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by Twiggy123
I have read quite a lot of Austen-inspired fiction, and Imperfect Bliss is certainly among the very best. Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by ALK
I like how it highlights how ridiculous and how interesting reality TV shows can be. It also deals with self hatePublished on January 7, 2013 by Zoe
I noticed that this marriage of Caribbean, British and American characters pulled me into Susan Fales-Hill story. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Haitianmom
This book is no more than what it says. A light read about finding love through a reality show. The characters are not deep or multi faceted, but the majority are likeable. Read morePublished on December 16, 2012 by Prairie Wife