No One Could Have Guessed theweather

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chil­dren, crav­ing space of her own. Ju­lia in­tro­duces Lucy to Christy who, hav­ing mar­ried an older, wealthy man, is still ad­just­ing to high so­ci­ety and its de­mands.

On the out­skirts of this friend­ship cir­cle is Robyn, a fel­low school mum. So­cially awkward, Robyn’s ro­man­tic no­tions of in­spir­ing her hus­band to pro­duce a great lit­er­ary work are thwarted by his lack of am­bi­tion. The thread bind­ing th­ese women is a per­ceived void in all their lives.

An ab­sorb­ing hol­i­day read; while Casey’s overuse of lit­er­ary de­vices can be ir­ri­tat­ing, this is com­pen­sated for by her sharp and of­ten witty ob­ser­va­tions. How­ever, even those who haven’t read Joyce’s pre­vi­ous novel will find Per­fect ex­ceeds all ex­pec­ta­tions.

Joyce cre­ates a mo­men­tous story fu­elled by emo­tions that are, at times, so acutely ob­served it’s heart­break­ing. Ev­ery char­ac­ter in Per­fect is spot-on; Joyce is clearly in tune with peo­ple, the seem­ingly minis­cule traits that con­vey who we are and howwe feel. I felt so in­volved with By­ron and his mother Diana’s jour­ney I wanted to reach into the pages and hug them. Sad­ness and de­spair are key cur­rents through­out, but glim­mers of hu­mour, op­ti­mism and re­silience com­plete the pic­ture.

An in­stant favourite.

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