Friday, June 19, 2009

Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal

Many months ago, I went to a meeting about Hyperion's upcoming summer list. As I sat listening—an author's name jumped out at me: Julie Metz. Could she be the Julie Metz who had been a jacket designer at HarperCollins so many years ago? The quiet, artsy woman who made many of our most beautiful book jackets? Was she the same person who at 20-something seemed to me to have the makings of a perfect life: intelligence, beauty, talent, and a cute boyfriend? Yes. Julie Metz is the author of Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal--which just debuted on The New York Times bestseller list.

Deeply honest and intelligent, Julie's memoir deals with the complexities of forgiveness and betrayal when she discovers her husband's infidelities after his death. She shares her journey through chaos and transformation as she creates a different life for herself and her young daughter. It is the story of coming to terms with painful truths, of rebuilding both a life and an identity after betrayal and widowhood. It is a story of rebirth and happiness—if not perfection.

The New York Times said, “She brings refreshing candor to a startling, painful tale.”

Of course, Perfection has a beautiful jacket--designed by its author.

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