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Unusual and disturbing story,
This review is from: This Perfect World (Hardcover)
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Laura is middle class and lives in her perfect world - husband, two children, nice house, posh friends, the works. She lives in a whirl of activities for preschoolers, hair appointments, parties, coffee with friends and school pickups. And all is not well. Because simmering beneath the surface of all of this, is guilt for events that happened years before when Laura had been extremely unpleasant to another girl, Heddy Partridge. Laura is reacquainted with the Partridge family after her mother gives Mrs Partridge her phone number. Heddy is mentally ill, and needs help. Gradually, against her better judgement, Laura is drawn again into the world of this family, so much less well off than her own, and we discover what lies behind the veneer of the perfect world which Laura has always lived in. As the layers are revealed, Laura finds it increasingly difficult to meet middle class expectations of what is acceptable and the life she has made for herself begins to unravel.
This is a strange book - a biting critique of the shallowness of middle class suburban life, and also a disturbing story of your past coming back to haunt you. It is an easy but thought-provoking read which I would definitely recommend.