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From Barnes & NobleTwentysomething city girl Flora Dempsey is called back to the scene of her tumultuous childhood by her father's sudden death. Her father, Lewis, has willed her an old farmhouse; his dog, Larks; and a manuscript filled with unpublished poems. As his heir and literary executor, Flora learns to view the world from her father's point of view. The former president of a small New England liberal arts college (think Amherst), he hid certain parts of his life from her, including the woman he was seeing before he died, who has her own ideas about his legacy.
At the same time, Flora must manage a cast of characters from her past.
Living again in the town where she grew up, she bumps into acquaintances she hasn't seen in years, conjuring up incidents and memories that aren't wholly welcome. As she attempts to move forward and reconstruct the life of a man she thought she knew, Flora encounters her father's humor, passion, and intellectual rigor on a scale previously unimagined. She's also given a mirror to better view her own shortcomings, and is forced to accept the fact that she has taken on some of the very traits she so disliked in her parents.
A debut novel filled with slowly revealed mysteries, Perfect Reader is a gripping character study of a young woman who travels through grief and narcissism toward maturity and understanding.