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In a Perfect World: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, October 6, 2009
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“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 )
Top Customer Reviews
Our glimpse into a world that encompasses nothing less than a complete breakdown of our society is Jiselle, a flight attendant who has "landed" the handsome and charismatic pilot Mark Dorn. In her 30s and tired of always being the bridesmaid and never the bride, Jiselle is ready to settle down and imagines a perfect little world with her ready-made family. (Mark has three children whose mother died a few years before.) Jiselle leaves her job and moves into the idyllic little town where Mark has a picture-perfect home. Anxious and excited to be the stepmother, Jiselle is eager to meet her new family. What she finds is three children who are less than thrilled--with the exception of the young boy (gotta love those boys!)--with their new stepmother. With Mark away for a good portion of time, Jiselle struggles to make the transition into her new life.
In the background of Jiselle's life, there are rumblings of another kind--a mysterious Phoenix Flu is causing troubles through the country. Even celebrities seems to be getting it and dying. (OK...a little editorial note here: I just loved that Kasischke killed off Britney Spears with the flu! Take that, Ms. I'm A Terrible Singer Yet Have Achieved Huge Success!)
As the story progresses, Mark is away more and more often, and Jiselle finds out some disturbing information about her new husband.Read more ›
After twenty years spent in the commercial aviation industry, I was initially intrigued when we read the novel's synopsis on the back cover. Here's a portion:
"It was a fairy tale come true when Mark Dorn - handsome pilot, widower,
tragic father of three - chose Jiselle to be his wife. The other flight
attendants were jealous: She could quit now, leaving behind the million
daily irritations of the job. She could move into Mark Dorn's precious log
cabin and help him raise his three beautiful children.
But fairy tales aren't like marriage."
So when I dove into this novel, I wasn't too happy to see the jobs of airline pilots and flight attendants so grossly misrepresented. (No, flight attendants and pilots do not, for the record, ever sit around in a bar drinking in uniform. EVER.) It made me grumpy.
A few chapters later and I changed our tune a bit, thinking that no, this novel must be about step-mothers and their complicated relationship with unwilling and unhappy stepchildren.
But no. A few chapters beyond that and I was thinking this novel was really a commentary about our society's tendency to over-react to health scares (think Swine Flu hysteria).
As it turns out, in the end, this novel was beautifully layered with depth and poignancy and a discovery of the human spirit and the choices we're faced with. Kasischke sucks you in and builds the tension steadily, almost imperceptibly, until you find yourself reluctant to set the book down.
Layers. This novel has some serious layers.Read more ›
Then, Mark's plane is seized in Germany, and his phone messages are sporadic. The plane is quarantined. Jiselle struggles to make sure her new family has food and basic necessities, helped by a neighbor, Paul, and his son, who is Camilla's (one of the daughter's) boyfriend. Celebrities die, including Britney Spears, And the flu spreads. This was quite an interesting book, and worth reading. To see the struggles of people during what could possibly happen in the future, and what they make of their fate.........
One must suspend disbelief in this one, however for me it was quite easy to do. Life as we know it has stopped for Jizelle and her stepchildren. Her husband, the pilot, is detained due to the outbreak of the Phoenix Flu. Unlike the Swine Flu, the Phoenix flu is far deadlier.
This book gives a possible image to an end of the world scenario but also delves into the complexities of step parenting, marriage, and the roles of woman in the world in terms of the choices they can and often do make just to win over the proverbial prince charming.
This book gets two thumbs up from me because it did what I expect all good novels to do...Entertained from page 1 to The End. I'm a fan of Laura Kasischke's and there's a reason. She CAN write.
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