Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal , by Julie Metz is an extremely personal account of a not so “perfect” life. After the unexpected death of her husband Henry, and 12 years of marriage, 44 year old Julie Metz finds herself alone with a six year old daughter to raise. She spent the greater part of the next seven months living in a fog and missing the love of her life terribly. When a friend tells her about a woman Henry had been seeing in
, Julie is shocked. Before long Julie learns it is not just one woman that Henry had strayed with, but a succession of at least five women, including a good friend. New York
Obsessed to find out more she searches emails and journals tracking down the women and setting out to meet them, and to understand “why” Henry had been unfaithful over and over again.
For Henry it seemed, was always looking for thrills in life, in love, and in lust, in other words “perfection”, but as Julie Metz points out “true perfection comes when you enjoy the whole of your life, and not just the good bits”.
Little by little Julie went from a “you are so lucky to be dead attitude Henry”, to one of forgiveness, moving on, and learning to love again.
A painfully honest memoir, without a “poor me” tone, Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal, kept me engaged as a reader. Certainly not an easy story to tell, it was very well done. I was also impressed to learn the Julie Metz is a graphic artist that designs book jackets, and that the picture perfect tulip on the cover really seemed to fit the title beautifully. My only negative comment about this book is that I thought there was a bit too much detail into all of Henry’s romantic involvements; other than that I really enjoyed this memoir.
RATING - 4/5 - COMPLETED
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