Perfect Reader: A Novel

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Anchor Books, 2011 - Fiction - 288 pages
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Flora Dempsey is the headstrong only child of Lewis Dempsey, a college professor and world famous critic. When Lewis passes away, Flora returns to her New England hometown to act as his literary executor. There, she finds herself responsible for a manuscript that he was secretly writing at the end of his life—love poems to a girlfriend Flora didn't know he had. As Flora is besieged by well-wishers and literary vultures alike, she tries to figure out how to navigate it all: the fate of the poems, the girlfriend who wants a place in her life, the wounds left by her parents' divorce, and her uncertain future.

Brimming with energy, humor, and the elbow-patchy wisdom of Flora's still-vivid father, this enchanting debut is the uplifting story of a young woman striving to become the “perfect reader” of her father's life, as well as her own.

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User Review  - booksinthebelfrey - LibraryThing

This first novel kind of sputters into life about halfway through, only to peter out again disappointingly at the end. The main character is prickly and hard to get a handle on, but overall I would ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Fathers, daughters and poetry are ruefully, wittily combined in an introspective literary debut.The soul-searching of a willful daddy's girl who has just lost her father forms the core of Pouncey's ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Maggie Pouncey was born in New York City and grew up there and in Amherst, Massachusetts, and New Haven, Connecticut. She received her B.A. and M.F.A. from Columbia University and has taught writing at Columbia, the Bard Prison Initiative, and the New York City nonprofit Girls Write Now. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

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