Almost Perfect by Alice Adams

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“No other writer in recent memory has called to mind so clearly the work of F. Scott Fitzgerald.”  --The Washington Post
In Almost Perfect, Alice Adams brilliantly and movingly explores what happens to love when the beloved is transformed into someone unrecognizable.
They were an almost perfect couple. They met when Stella Blake was not yet a famous writer, but Richard Fallon is an artist known by everyone: charming, talented; he loved and hated adored, admired. And they fall in love when she interviews him for a magazine. But then Stella watches as the man she adores begins a steady and frightening descent into darkness, even madness.

About Alice Adams

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 Alice Adams was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia and raised in North Carolina, and graduated from Radcliffe College. She was the recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and the O. Henry Lifetime Achievement Award. She was the author of five collections of short stories and ten novels, among them Listening to Billie, Superior Women, Second Chances, and A Southern Exposure. She lived in San Francisco until her death in 1999.
Published June 8, 2011 by Vintage. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Adams's heroine finds herself in an intense love affair with a man on the verge of madness in this affecting novel.

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Always an acute observer of people and relationships, Adams ( Caroline's Daughters ) here writes convincingly and movingly of a passionate love affair, investing her controlled, analytical prose with remarkable depth and feeling.

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Entertainment Weekly

This little melodrama, Almost Perfect, takes us inside two people: a multifaceted, hypersexed genius of a lousy guy, designer Richard Fallon, and Stella Blake, a budding writer he ensnares.

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Almost Perfect, which unfolds with the cocktail-party patter and ironic tone of Adams's previous books (Caroline's Daughters, Superior Women), is the story of this very modern—and very unhealthy—relationship and of the barely made connections that constitute Richard and Stella's circle.

Jul 05 1993 | Read Full Review of Almost Perfect

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