Imperfect Bliss

Imperfect Bliss

A Novel

Book - 2012 | 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
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Jane Austen meets the Bachelorette in this twenty-first-century comedy of manners about a suburban family, their four eligible daughters, and what happens when reality TV comes to town.

Reality TV-- Jane Austen Style

Meet the Harcourts of Chevy Chase, Maryland. A respectable middle-class, middle-age, mixed-race couple, Harold and Forsythia have four eminently marriageable daughters--or so their mother believes. Forsythia named her girls after Windsor royals in the hopes that one day each would find her true prince. But princes are far from the mind of their second-born daughter, Elizabeth (AKA Bliss), who, in the aftermath of a messy divorce, has moved back home and thrown herself into earning her PhD. All that changes when a Bachelorette -style reality television show called The Virgin takes Bliss's younger sister Diana as its star. Though she fights it at first, Bliss can't help but be drawn into the romantic drama that ensues, forcing her to reconsider everything she thought she knew about love, her family, and herself. Fresh and engaging, Imperfect Bliss is a wickedly funny take on the ways that courtship and love have changed--even as they've stayed the same.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451623826
Branch Call Number: FALES
Characteristics: 296 p. ; 24 cm.


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katarina_biblio Aug 10, 2017

A Jamaican family who take part in a reality TV show where they pretend to be in Austen's world... pure crazy fun! A retelling (though not a faithful one) of Pride and Prejudice.

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Jul 06, 2013

If your looking for an easy summer read this is it. It does not require much work, finished it in day. Her family is nuts and makes you smile, laugh and just go oh well. Again perfect for a 'I don't want to think' read.

jdaigle3 Jan 21, 2013

A good light read with a bit of smut and an untraditional relationship or two tossed in for good measure. Despite the character (Bliss) trying desperately to avoid instilling fairy tales in her daughters (Bella) life that is exactly what this story is. That includes the uninterested/evil/ugly mothering character, the 'doting' father character, and the wacky siblings. It started out well, carried on pretty good, then wrapped up way too quickly and neatly (hence the fairy tale comparison). Good for the beach or when you just aren't in the mood for something you must use every ounce of brain power to follow along with.

jeanner222 Sep 03, 2012

Elizabeth “Bliss” Harcourt is the daughter of Harold and Forsythia Harcourt. She is recently divorced and has a daughter named Bella. Unfortunately, her divorce and her determination to earn her PhD have driven her to move back in with her parents.

Enter the other Harcourt sisters:
• Charlotte, the youngest and the tramp;
• Victoria, the eldest and the spinster; and
• Diana, the most beautiful and most eligible of the Harcourt sisters.

Diana is so eligible that she is chosen to star in a new reality television series, The Virgin. Oh, Forsythia could not be happier! She is thrilled by the prospect of fame and the promise of one of her daughters actually marrying well. As you might guess, hilarity and romance ensue.

But there’s something else going on in this novel: race. Harold and Forsythia are a mixed-race couple (she is from Jamaica, he is from England), Bliss’s dissertation focuses on race relations, and race is constantly mentioned in reference to potential suitors. This is a real turn-off.

I liked the idea of this novel—reality television meets Pride and Prejudice. Unfortunately, the execution of this idea is poor. And I have to say this: the cover of this book, the summary on the inside of the book’s cover, and the “advance praise” are all highly deceptive. All of them ignore the racial relations component of this novel.

sunny143 Jul 30, 2012

This book was very disappointing and in my opinion poorly written. This author was a writer for the Cosby Show which I loved. Her writing doesn't transfer well iinto a novel. I wouldn't recommend this title to anyone, even a teen reader. It was that bad.

Jul 19, 2012

Not too bad. I thought it sort of got stuck in the middle of funny and heartwarming and didn't know really which side to align itself with. I rushed through a lot of it.

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