With stark insight and wry humor, Love and Death in a Perfect World follows the arc of a modern woman’s life from tender adolescence to hard-edged middle age, offering a fresh, honest look at women’s lives today. Blind to the traps, Rosemary believes she’s in controlIf I’m popular, I’ll be happy; If I detach from my mom, I’ll be free; If I have a family and high-minded work, I will win.
But the blessed existence she has always seen in her mind’s eyewith its intact family, organic food, and solar-powered housefails to manifest. Instead of “right livelihood” in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a perfect world populated by enlightened people, she is confronted with a thorny marriage, a son she no longer understands, and a string of disturbing losses. If this is the right way to live, then why is it so hard?
Against a backdrop of birth and death, financial turmoil, and environmental clashes, Love and Death in a Perfect World explores deep questions about human nature and modern life: How do we find connection in fractured middle-class America? How do we navigate a world that does not behave as promised? And where do we find the strength to rebuild our lives when expectations are shattered and the “wrong” people win?
In Love and Death in a Perfect World, first-time novelist Barbara Gerber delivers a richly textured yet unsentimental portrait of a family that keeps on keeping on, and of a woman who expects to “live in the light” but must instead fight to find her own light in the darkness of everyday life.
|Publisher:||Rock Point Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Originally from Seaford, New York, Gerber earned a degree in English literature from San Francisco State University and has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, since 1987. She enjoys good books, music, the outdoors, all things funny, and spending time with her family.
Read an Excerpt
From Chapter 7:
Rosemary scanned the crowd and found Deet and Isabelle talking with two men in impossibly expensive suits. This would be her brother