Perfection by Julie Metz
A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal

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Julie Metz's life changes forever on one ordinary January afternoon when her husband, Henry, collapses on the kitchen floor and dies in her arms. Suddenly, this mother of a six-year-old is the young widow in a bucolic small town. And this is only the beginning. Seven months after Henry's death, just when Julie thinks she is emerging from the worst of it, comes the rest of it: She discovers that what had appeared to be the reality of her marriage was but a half-truth. Henry had hidden another life from her.

"He loved you so much." That's what everyone keeps telling her. It's true that he loved Julie and their six-year-old daughter ebulliently and devotedly, but as she starts to pick up the pieces and rebuild her life without Henry in it, she learns that Henry had been unfaithful throughout their twelve years of marriage. The most damaging affair was ongoing--a tumultuous relationship that ended only with Henry's death.

For Julie, the only thing to do was to get at the real truth--to strip away the veneer of "perfection" that was her life and confront each of the women beneath the veneer. Perfection is the story of Julie Metz's journey through chaos and transformation as she creates a different life for herself and her young daughter. It is the story of coming to terms with painful truths, of rebuilding both a life and an identity after betrayal and widowhood. It is a story of rebirth and happiness--if not perfection.

About Julie Metz

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Julie Metz is a graphic designer and freelance writer. She lives with her daughter and partner in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently a recipient of a Macdowell Fellowship.
Published June 9, 2009 by Hachette Books. 364 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Julie Metz had seemingly the perfect life --- an adoring husband, a happy, spirited daughter, a lovely old house in a quaint suburban town --- but it was all a lie.

May 18 2010 | Read Full Review of Perfection: A Memoir of Betra...

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Most of the ladies expressed their culpability and made humble apologies to the wronged wife, except Cathy, a poisonous personality in Julie’s estimation, capable of keeping up the pretense of friendship for years while having sex with Henry, sometimes in the house while Julie worked, unheeding, ...

May 02 2011 | Read Full Review of Perfection: A Memoir of Betra...

Entertainment Weekly

When her husband Henry crashed to the floor, dead of a pulmonary embolism at 44, Julie Metz could barely cope with her grief.

Jun 10 2009 | Read Full Review of Perfection: A Memoir of Betra...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tom Peer, former Duquesne Club chef who is food and beverage director at the CIA, and Tim Ryan, CIA senior vice president and once chef at the old La Normande restaurant in Shadyside, are on the judging panel.

Aug 27 2000 | Read Full Review of Perfection: A Memoir of Betra...

Chick Lit Central

Perfectly written, with sentences that are so beautiful I often reread them, this book is so filled with raw emotion and heartache that I found myself tied in knots as I cheered Julie on to finding some peace.

Aug 03 2011 | Read Full Review of Perfection: A Memoir of Betra...


Happiness seems to have been found by her if not ‘Perfection’ Maybe she found it cathartic to write this but I certainly did not enjoy reading about the sham of her marriage as she bravely exposes herself to the full glare of the public.

May 25 2011 | Read Full Review of Perfection: A Memoir of Betra...

ABC Perth

While the spectacle of Metz's grief is made more poignant by the advance knowledge you have that Henry was a philanderer, it also – potentially – makes Metz look pathetic.

Sep 18 2009 | Read Full Review of Perfection: A Memoir of Betra...

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