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Poet and novelist Kasischke finds beauty amid the apocalypse in her timely seventh novel. The Phoenix flu is sweeping the world, causing mass hysteria, arousing profound paranoia and inciting anti-American hatred worldwide. Jiselle, 32, is a jaded flight attendant and perpetual bridesmaid who says, I do, when handsome pilot Capt. Mark Dorn, a widower, offers her a vision of a perfect Midwestern family life far from her humdrum job and the dangers of the pandemic. The glitch is Mark's three minor children, who view Jiselle with derision, pity or outright hostility despite her best efforts to mother them. After the flu threat detains Mark overseas for months and then strikes close to home, Jiselle and her stepchildren must redefine their idea of family, community and their understanding of perfection and happiness. As their prospects of survival dwindle, the nascent family's fragile ties grow stronger. Kasischke's penchant for disconcerting but absorbing fiction is on display, as is her facility with language. Startling, sometimes violent images combine with strikingly dispassionate narration to create a fictional world where terror, beauty and chaos walk hand in hand. (Oct.)
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“Kasischke finds beauty amid the apocalypse in her timely seventh novel . . . Startling, sometimes violent images combine with strikingly dispassionate narration to create a fictional world where terror, beauty and chaos walk hand in hand.” (Publishers Weekly )
“From its haunting opening image to its riveting end, this is a tale of beauty, resilience, love, sacrifice, and even grace found in the most unlikely of places. In a truly ‘perfect world’ every book I read would inspire me like this one.” (Katrina Kittle, author of The Kindness of Strangers )
“IN A PERFECT WORLD reveals astonishing and tender insight into human nature while exposing a terrifying, yet believable, world I’d never before imagined. This story will grasp onto your heart before swiftly carrying you away.” (Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Summer of Naked Swim Parties )
“[Kasischke]writes with worldly-wise profundity and sudden beauty but also sly humor . . .We’re helplessly drawn in by a slew of burning questions, with this one foremost: When can we expect a sequel…or is that nothing but a doomed hope?” (Elle )
“This is a doomsday book in the form of a finely observed domestic drama, showing how dysfunctional relationships shift and soften in response to the looming menace . . . The reader may well come away with the odd, exhilarating feeling that a spell has both been cast and broken.” (Los Angeles Times )
I enjoyed this take on apocalyptic world. Refreshing and the characters were real. I would re omens this to any one who likes this genrePublished 4 months ago by E. Horn
A story of love and heartache. A woman who earns the love of her stepchildren and walks away from the loss of their father with her integrity whole.Published 4 months ago by Lenoirdenantes
This was a book that I couldn't put down. It had sad, heart breaking moments but also happy, heart warming moments. It was realistic, in every single way possible. Read morePublished 11 months ago by MaryLou
o good!! very realistic apocalyptic book! I read it in like 3 days and am now in morning because it is over. Very well written, wonderful characters, believable plot line.Published 15 months ago by AJH-P
Jiselle, a flight attendant, is newly married to everyone's dream man, Capt. Mark Dorn, an airplane pilot. Read morePublished 16 months ago by "Ali"
I loved this dystopic novel which had an intriguing and unique story. It was well written and extremely clever. Great read.Published 16 months ago by Interior Design PT
LK creates believable characters -- not too sweet, not too bitter. I think it requires the reader to have lived a few decades in order to appreciate the reality of the characters,... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Scott A. Davis
The plot had great potential and I would have given it a higher rating if it had an actual ending. I like endings with some form of closure, not one that leaves the reader hanging. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Negin
Knowing nothing about this book or author I started reading this book
on a whim.......and was hooked. The plot of family relationships set in an apocalypse backdrop ... Read more