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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,339 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julie Metz Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Julie Metz’s life changes forever on one ordinary January afternoon when her husband, Henry, collapses on the kitchen floor and dies in her arms. Suddenly, this mother of a six-year-old is the young widow in a bucolic small town. And this is only the beginning. Seven months after Henry’s death, just when Julie thinks she is emerging from the worst of it, comes the rest of it: she discovers that what had appeared to be the reality of her marriage was but a half-truth. Henry had hidden another life from her.

“He loved you so much.” That’s what everyone keeps telling her. It’s true that he loved Julie and their six-year-old daughter ebulliently and devotedly, but as she starts to pick up the pieces and rebuild her life without Henry in it, she learns that Henry had been unfaithful throughout their twelve years of marriage. The most damaging affair was ongoing—a tumultuous relationship that ended only with Henry’s death.

For Julie, the only thing to do was to get at the real truth—to strip away the veneer of “perfection” that was her life and confront each of the women beneath the veneer. Perfection is the story of Julie Metz’s journey through chaos and transformation as she creates a different life for herself and her young daughter. It is the story of coming to terms with painful truths, of rebuilding both a life and an identity after betrayal and widowhood. It is a story of rebirth and happiness—if not perfection.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Metz’s Perfection chronicles with lapidary precision one woman’s climb back to happiness after not just a spouse’s death, but also the shocking recognition that her life before that death was not what she had thought it was. The journey is a painful one, but Ms. Metz is much the stronger for having survived to recount it.”

    Julie Powell, New York Times bestselling author of Julie & Julia

  • “A fascinating memoir by a woman who, after learning of her much-loved late husband’s history of affairs, decides to confront her former rivals.”


  • “Heart-wrenching but triumphant.”


  • “A visual standout. [Metz] brings refreshing candor to a startling, painful tale.”

    New York Times

  • “Readers will be mesmerized. Her honesty about middle-aged sex and fear of never finding the ‘new’ right someone make this a delectable summer read.”

    USA Today

  • “[A] dark and affecting memoir…Metz’s road to emotional honesty proves cautionary and trying.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Louie Haltom | 2/15/2014

    " getting over betrayal, and getting on with life. well written "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jaime | 2/8/2014

    " A bit of a slow read. About a woman that discovers her husband's infidelities after his untimely death. I won't add any spoilers, but some parts were more interesting than others. The bits when she vacationed in Maine were interesting, because it was on the same island I grew up on. Others seemed too detailed and drawn out. When I love a book, I will read it multiple times. I won't be reading this one again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Miriam | 2/3/2014

    " I enjoyed the development of the main character and could feel what she was feeling as I read the story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lesley Green | 1/18/2014

    " started out great writing when she was angry and trying to figure how how she didnt know but last 100 pages were blah blah blah, I need to forgive to get past this. "

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