The Perfect Son Kindle Edition
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“Barbara Claypole White’s novel, The Perfect Son, is a riveting and passionate emotional journey that proves the transforming power that love can have on life and family.” —Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times Bestselling Author
“What a moving, funny, beautifully told story! You will ache for Felix and Harry, with their big, quirky brains and their good hearts, as they grapple with the threat of loss and struggle, for the first time, to truly know and trust one another. I love these characters and this book!” —Marisa de Los Santos, New York Times bestselling author of Belong To Me and The Precious One
“Steel Magnolias for this generation of ex-pats trying to find their way in the world. With clear-eyed insight and empathy, The Perfect Son captures the ache and beauty of love in its many forms. In a beautifully told story, Barbara Claypole White takes us on a poignant journey through the minds and hearts of a mother, a father, and their eccentric son. As they all learn to love through loss, change, and fear, we as readers just might find our hearts as the characters find theirs.” —Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of The Idea of Love
“In The Perfect Son, White has crafted a tightly-wound tale of a family on the brink of unravelling that somehow manages to find a way to make it through. These unconventional, fully-formed characters became real to me as I followed their emotional roller-coaster. Poignant and affecting—it's a great read for your book club!” —Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of Hidden and Forgotten
“With empathy and heartbreaking clarity, Barbara Claypole White explores a family on the precipice of collapse. With the unexamined past coloring their present, a father’s only hope to accept his son’s limitations and be strong for his ailing wife is in finding the resilience to face his own imperfections. The Perfect Son offers insight, compassion, and hope.” —Randy Susan Meyers, bestselling author of Accidents of Marriage, The Comfort of Lies, and The Murderer’s Daughters
“The Perfect Son is about the roles we settle into in families—The Caretaker, The Neglector, The High-Maintenance One—and the upheaval that occurs when crisis strikes and everyone needs to take on a new, unfamiliar role. It's about raising complicated children, and the strain that places on a marriage. But above all, The Perfect Son is about love, and its ability to guide us out of our comfort zones and help us rebuild when all around us has shattered.” —Julie Lawson Timmer, author of Five Days Left
From the Publisher
It hooked me from the start. A woman on a plane swallows back what she thinks is heartburn. Ella simply cannot get sick. She’s long been the backbone of her family—taking care of everything and everyone. By the seventh page, though, we realize that Ella is fighting off much more than a case of indigestion. It’s here that author Barbara Claypole White demonstrates her deft hand, throwing a narrative thunderbolt—one that will forever change Ella’s life and the lives of those she loves the most.
Back home Ella and her family are flung into chaos. At this point I completely lost myself in the characters. Each member of the family has to learn new roles, and things get messy. Very messy. Ella has to rely on her husband, Felix, to care for the house and Harry, their brilliant seventeen-year-old son afflicted by Tourette’s. Largely absent since Harry’s diagnosis—both emotionally and physically—Felix is a perfectionist, putting him at odds with Harry, who is far from perfect.
But never once did I lose faith in the characters. That’s the genius of what Barbara has done here. She’s exquisitely rendered a family in conflict whose love for one another is entirely real. As a mother, daughter, and wife, I’m very familiar with this sort of love. It’s messy, complicated, bittersweet, and altogether beautiful.
- Jodi Warshaw, Editor
- ASIN : B00QJ1V5XK
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (July 1, 2015)
- Publication date : July 1, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 3099 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 398 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #100,929 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A disconnected father is forced into the role of active parent when his wife suffers a devastating heart attack. A teenager with Tourettes Syndrome and other complex neurological issues has to learn to cope differently with his new reality. And a mother struggles to find the energy necessary to live and stay relevant in her son's life.
On the surface this family seems doomed to failure. But the author patiently mines their secrets and fears, bringing them to the surface. Along with a secondary cast of rather quirky characters, the read watches as this family grows and finally thrives.
Thank you to the author and her determination to shed light and understanding on this subject in a sensitive highly readable manner. I look forward to reading more from this author.
This is a well written story, that everyone should read even if you have no disability. Perhaps it might make you think the next time you see someone who does, or even just someone who is a little different. If nothing else, it reminds all of us of the challenges seen and unseen that are in every individual and family and gives hope that you can overcome, and that life itself is a beautiful thing, even with all of its challenges, ups and downs, and twists and turns. It is what we make it, so make it a good one. Highly recommended.
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This book ticks all of my boxes for an excellent read – intelligent, witty, endearing characters, a good story, well written, moving, surprising in places.
While Harry is charming, funny and brave, Felix is closed in and wary. The way father and son get to know each other and the setbacks in their relationship are revealed with sensitivity and some humour. Discovering the reasons for Felix’s distance from his family, and how difficult his own childhood was, is so interesting. Almost as interesting as Harry’s relationship with his father, is his relationship with his best friend, Max. The two of them make a great team, and it’s lovely to read about a genuine friendship between two young men. I’d love to meet Harry, his father and his best friend.
I had expected Ella herself would appear more, but for much of the story she is in the background. This is no criticism of the story, just unexpected, and it works very well.
The author tackles serious issues, and teaches us about Tourette’s syndrome without labouring the point. Ultimately the message she shares with us is uplifting.
Main problem for me was with Ella who never develped any credibility and remained a cipher all the way through which is a bit of a drawback for what should have been a pivotal role
otherwise thought the relationship between Felix and his son was niecely done and both were plausible in their own right.
pity that it was all wrapped up in such a sickly sweet way but suppose that is predictable given the genre.