FICTION

Her Perfect Life

Sourcebooks Landmark. Jun. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9781728206653. pap. $16.99. F
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Eileen has three kids, a messy house, a husband who doesn’t help with housework, and a photography business that is scraping by. Her sister Clare is a famous author whose novels have been made into blockbuster movies. Eileen has always been jealous of her sister’s life as a celebrity with a fantastic house and a doting literary agent husband, Simon. So when Clare kills herself the day after her new book is released, Eileen heads to California to help Simon sort through the pieces that Clare left behind. In San Francisco, Eileen thinks back and assesses Clare’s childhood, from her all-consuming love for her high school sweetheart, whose life ended tragically, to her hardscrabble fight up the ladder to get her writing seen and acknowledged. Eileen realizes that perhaps Clare, too, wanted things she could never have. Perhaps Eileen has parts of her life to envy as well. And Clare’s just-released novel may hold some clues as to why she ended her life.
VERDICT Everyone’s life has some secrets, even the life you think is perfectly charmed. YA author Taylor’s first work of adult fiction will command readers’ attention and hearts with this engrossing tale of two very different sisters.

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