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Perfect Reader: A Novel

4 Ratings: 3.3
A book by Maggie Pouncey

This imaginative debut takes a profound look at the connection between words on the page and the infinite interpretations for a reader. For heroine Flora Dempsey, the father-daughter bond is a further complication. Flora moves back to her picturesque … see full wiki

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Author: Maggie Pouncey
Publisher: Pantheon
4 reviews about Perfect Reader: A Novel
review by . August 02, 2010
Maggie Pouncey's debut novel, "Perfect Reader," tells a strong character-driven story about ordinary people who unexpectedly find themselves sharing the same life crisis:     Flora Dempsey, 28 years old, has been called back to Darwin to deal with the sudden death of her father, Lewis, a retired college president who was still very much a presence in this small college town right up to the day of his death. Cynthia is the lover Lewis Dempsey left behind, a teacher still employed …
review by . July 08, 2010
Reading is an act of faith, an act of intimacy, and an act of understanding. A "perfect reader" could be said to be one with the author, at least in terms of what was written, and what what read. Both author and reader see the exact same thing.    It's a lofty concept. Perhaps an unattainable one.    'Perfect Reader' addresses this idea in a very personal way. When Flora Dempsey's father dies, he leaves her a generous inheritance coupled with a daunting responsibility. …
review by . April 27, 2010
I really wanted to like this book more than I ultimately did. The writing was intelligent and nuanced, and the storyline, centered as it was around books and reading, was a strong draw. Unfortunately, I found a lot of promise that was never really fulfilled, making for a frustrating read in the end. I never felt emotionally invested in the characters or their lives; for a book with so few personalities, none of them were particularly well-developed except for Flora, and I found her hard to like. …
review by . April 20, 2010
Pouncey, Maggie. "Perfect Reader: A Novel", Pantheon, 2010.    Her Father    Amos Lassen    Flora Dempsey grew up in a small and quaint New England town. She was the only child of Lewis Dempsey who was a noted academician and college president. When she received news that her father died, Flora resigned from the magazine where she had been working in the big city and returned home to live in her father's house. She was appointed as executor …
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