Perfect Little World (Hardback)Kevin Wilson (author)
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Aren't the best families the ones we make for ourselves?
Isabelle Pool is fresh out of high school, pregnant with her art teacher's baby, and totally on her own. Izzy knows she can be a good mother but without any money or family to fall back on, she's left searching.
So when she's offered a space in The Infinite Family Project - a utopian ideal funded by an eccentric billionaire - she accepts. Isabelle joins nine other couples, all with children the same age as her newborn son, to raise their children as one extended family in a spacious, secluded compound in Tennessee. But can this experiment really work - or is their 'perfect little world' destined to go horribly wrong?
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 487 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 29 mm
Kevin Wilson knows how to construct a story ... It's a novel to keep reading for old-fashioned reasons - because it's a good story, and you need to know what happens. But you also keep reading because you want to know what a good family is. Everyone wants to know that. -- John Irving * The New York Times *
The author of The Family Fang invents another unusual family structure for his sweet and thoroughly satisfying second novel...Wilson grounds his premise in credible human motivations and behavior, resulting in a memorable cast of characters. He uses his intriguing premise to explore the meaning of family and the limits of rational decision making. * Publisher's Weekly *
Kevin Wilson's second book has a premise so offbeat and complicated that it's difficult to explain but seems completely natural when you're in the midst of it. The sheer energy of imagination in Wilson's work makes other writers of realistic fiction look lazy. The novel's grand finale reminds us that not everything unpredictable is painful or bad, and that conventional arrangements have no monopoly on the profound connections that make family. * Newsday *
A moving and sincere reflection on what it truly means to become a family. * Kirkus *
Stellar . . . Compelling . . . Realer and wiser and sadder and eventually reassuring about human nature than dozens of other novels. * Booklist *
Wilson resisted sensationalism and apocalyptic tropes. Instead, he's written something quite genuine and powerful. Unexpectedly, I was moved. * Longreads *
Persistently compassionate. . . . Wilson's best moments are funny and earnest . . . crisp language and smart plotting make Perfect Little World immensely likable and absolutely enjoyable. * GQ *
Quirky. . .Wilson's Perfect Little World finds its bliss in the vast disconnect between people's best intentions and where they land. * Entertainment Weekly *
To the last page, Perfect Little World is a rumination on families-what they can look like, why we need them and how they should be defined. Family is far more than a biological bond; that's not a groundbreaking idea. But Wilson has found a lovely new way of telling readers something they know by heart. * Houston Chronicles *
Wilson's novel is, more than anything else, a comment on social construct. On top of looking at outward factors to blame, this novel also asks us to look inward.. Wilson's intriguing, dystopian world leaves us with one moral that rings true for all families: whether created or born into - they are never perfect, but they are everything. * The National Post *
Addresses the timeless debates about child-rearing and the concept of `family' thoughtfully, intelligently and with a pleasing open-mindedness. Enormously enjoyable. -- Clare Morrall, author of When the Floods Came
A funny, poignant and whimsical look at dysfunctional families and breaking societal conventions. * Storgy *
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