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Thank you to Netgalley and Park Row, an Imprint of Harlequin, for providing me with a digital copy of this title. The Imperfects by Amy Meyerson publishes on May 5, 2020 and this is my honest review.
The Imperfects is a contemporary family saga that tells the story of the Millers. Helen is the family’s matriarch and grandmother to estranged adult siblings, Beck, Ashley, and Jake. Their mother, Deborah, hasn’t always been a parent worthy of recognition and accolades. But then the family is brought together when Helen suddenly passes away. Of course, the last time the family was together didn’t go so well. At the reading of the will, an invaluable inheritance is brought to light. This sets off a journey of discovery for the Millers to uncover truths about their family’s heritage. At the center of this journey is the Florentine diamond, a 137-carat yellow gemstone. And this diamond went missing from the Austrian Empire a century ago.
This story is all about relationships. Meyerson demonstrates the complexity of sibling relationships extremely well. Beck, Ashley, and Jake are all carrying resentments towards each other. Not only that but they are harboring negative feelings towards their mother Deborah and their father Kenny, who actually disappeared from their lives long ago. Meyerson handles each sibling pairing differently, and this speaks to how siblings interact in real life. Not all siblings in a family have the same bond or relationship. Meyerson also portrays a multitude of parent-child relationships in her novel, and a lot of them come with hidden truths and baggage. The notion that sometimes we don’t know what questions to ask of others until it is too late is a recurring theme in the novel for all characters.
As well, there are many different romantic relationships interwoven into the story. From serious dating to ex-partners, to flings, to complicated marriages. Meyerson covers all the bases. Each pair of characters has a unique relationship. Having an understanding of that relational aspect of each main character’s story allows the reader to experience each character in a well-rounded way while reading.
Meyerson shares her profound writing and research experience for this novel in an extensive author’s note at the end of the book.
“I just knew I wanted to craft a story centering on a diamond that had gone missing and followed the bread crumbs of research until they landed at the Florentine”.– Amy Meyerson, The Imperfects (Author’s Note)
I love how she started with a nugget of truth and creatively wrote an entire fictional novel around that truth. And personally, some of my favourite fiction novels are written that way.
The Imperfects is a dramatic family saga and it is the epitome of a character-driven novel. This is probably why I personally enjoyed it as much as I did. The characters make this story. The slow-burning mystery about the Miller family history and the diamond add an element of intrigue that stops you from putting the book down. And, this is helped by the story’s pacing, which has a steady flow to it. Readers with an interest in dynamic characters, dramatic relationships, and family sagas will enjoy this book. While it is set in contemporary times, historical fiction lovers will also appreciate the tale of the Florentine diamond and the Jewish/Austrian history that is unraveled.
My Rating (4 / 5)
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Thank you to Netgalley and Park Row, an Imprint of Harlequin, for providing me with a digital copy of this title. The Imperfects by Amy Meyerson publishes on May 5, 2020 and this was my honest review.