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Perfection by Julie Metz
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A breathtakingly honest, gloriously written memoir about the complexities of forgiveness - the story of a young widow who discovers her husband's secret life only after his sudden death.
Reviewed: February 2010
This is a true account of the authors’ life after her husband Henry, the love of her life, dies. Henry leaves in his wake an ugly legacy. In the twelve years they were married, he had a string of affairs. In the following months she makes discoveries not only about her philandering husband but also about herself. The healing process begins but proves to be slow and laborious. Her search for why he had numerous affairs seems to be in direct contrast with what was to be the subject of his next book: ‘umami’ the Japanese word for perfection. Metz has a way of making the reader feel front and centre of this utterly gripping memoir. I found myself racing through the book in my quest to find out more. This is a delectable holiday read. Fact really is stranger than fiction.