Almost Perfect: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 8, 2011 - Fiction - 256 pages
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“No other writer in recent memory has called to mind so clearly the work of F. Scott Fitzgerald.”  --The Washington Post
 
In Almost Perfect, Alice Adams brilliantly and movingly explores what happens to love when the beloved is transformed into someone unrecognizable.
 
They were an almost perfect couple. They met when Stella Blake was not yet a famous writer, but Richard Fallon is an artist known by everyone: charming, talented; he loved and hated adored, admired. And they fall in love when she interviews him for a magazine. But then Stella watches as the man she adores begins a steady and frightening descent into darkness, even madness.
 

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User Review  - Denise Hlavka - Goodreads

I have never read Alice Adams but ran across several of her books at the library. In parts this was a fascinating character study of narcissistic personalities, and in parts very engaging. Often the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joyce - Goodreads

The authors prolific use of parentheses drove me to distraction. Still the book barely held my attention; that is I actually finished it. Wish the author gave more insight into Stella's character. Was completely entertained by Richard's self portrait. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Alice Adams was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia and raised in North Carolina, and graduated from Radcliffe College. She was the recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and the O. Henry Lifetime Achievement Award. She was the author of five collections of short stories and ten novels, among them Listening to Billie, Superior Women, Second Chances, and A Southern Exposure. She lived in San Francisco until her death in 1999.

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