• Hardcover: 304 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (January 20, 2015)
A poignant story of one man’s search for the secret to understanding his father, his marriage, and himself.
The novel has an interesting theme of chasing perfection.
I exhausted all effort in understanding Greenberg’s estranged relationship with his father while simultaneously trying to figure out his wife’s alleged infidelity, I felt it failed to entwine the indiscretion scenario, it just didn’t work for me even after the narrative ended. I tried to view the link through male eyes, yet there is a strong unmistakeable disjointed feeling. After all is said and done the reader will be scratching their head attempting to figure it all out. The premise is interesting but the route a clear miss for this reader.
Jonathan is a likable character, he didn’t wow me in any way. His outrageous lifestyle, his shocking discovery evoked zero emotion. His lack of confrontation is a copout, and it’s no surprise this privileged man living the so called ‘perfect life’ is ill equipped to handle any trial life delivers. If what he witnessed was the worst this man has experienced in his life, I pity him when life really delivers a haymaker. His affluence was a turn off, after the discovery you realize this man hasn’t experienced harshness in any form. Clearly his perfect world is in shambles thus leading with his admitted obsession of perfection and his discovery of what perfect really encompasses.
Greenberg possesses competent writing, my issue was with Jonathan and his uber lush life and the way he handled his wife’s possible gaffe. The wife’s mystery wasn’t, the father was introduced but vaguely, a little more development would have possibly helped. A beach read of the wealthy and their frivolous issues they lack emotional capacity to handle, too manufactured for my taste.
About Mike Greenberg
Mike Greenberg is the co-host of ESPN’s Mike and Mike, the highest- rated sports talk program in the United States, and the author of the New York Times bestselling novel All You Could Ask For. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a native of New York City. He currently lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.
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