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The Perfect Son by [White, Barbara Claypole]
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From a distance, Felix Fitzwilliam, the son of an old English family, is a good husband and father. But, obsessed with order and routine, he’s a prisoner to perfection. Disengaged from the emotional life of his North Carolina family, Felix has let his wife, Ella, deal with their special-needs son by herself.

A talented jewelry designer turned full-time mother, Ella is the family rock…until her heart attack shatters their carefully structured existence. Now Harry, a gifted teen grappling with the chaos of Tourette’s, confronts a world outside his parents’ control, one that tests his desire for independence.

As Harry searches for his future, and Ella adapts to the limits of her failing health, Felix struggles with his past and present roles. To prevent the family from being ripped apart, they must each bend with the inevitability of change and reinforce the ties that bind.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3752 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (1 July 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00QJ1V5XK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,493 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I love this book. Simply put The Perfect Son is riveting and mesmerizing. It captured me from the first page; I didn't want it to end. The characters are so richly developed you get the feeling you are right in their lives. Ella has suffered a devastating heart attack on a flight home from visiting her father and her son Harry has always been protected by her. Harry has Tourette's syndrome and ADHD. His father Felix is now in denial of how to take care of his son while his wife is recuperating. His obsession with perfectionism doesn't work with his to do lists which only have to do with his demanding career. Harry is a wonderful teenager and his buddy Max helps with his struggles , both of them learning how to choose their own lives within dysfunctional family upbringing. Eudora is a charming and witty neighbor who lightens the scenes with her hysterical antics and her wisdom. Katherine is a friend of Ella's who also helps manage the chaos of their lives and is a strength for Felix. As their lives intertwine, the changes that come between father and son is at time fraught with anger yet solidly endearing to watch as their relationship grows. The ending is a surprise...didn't see that coming. A wonderful book - a must read!
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On her way home from a visit with her elderly father, Ella Fitzwilliam is feeling stressed and troubled, as her only son Harry is struggling to make choices for his future, and his perfectionist father Felix is not making things easier. Although mother and son are incredibly close, Harry’s father, Felix, prefers to parent from a distance. An investment banker wearing a perpetual frown, Felix is as compulsive about work as he is everything else. Harry is brilliant, so Felix sees an Ivy League college in his future; however, Harry’s Tourette’s syndrome and other neurological challenges render him uncontrollable at times. Stress makes everything harder for him, too.
Suddenly, Ella is racked with gripping pain and an inability to breathe, and when the plane lands, she is rushed to hospital, where she is diagnosed with a severe heart attack. In the weeks that follow, Ella will struggle to recover, and needs a transplant, while Felix struggles to be the father he has never been.
Alternating narratives carry The Perfect Son, and while both Felix and Harry are deeply flawed, I felt for them as they tried to connect with one another. Felix’s need for order is in direct opposition to what Harry brings to the table…Harry’s tics make him a walking disaster area. But as they each try to adapt, they find a way to cohabit…and even bond. There were some very difficult moments in this father/son journey, and I found myself tearing up as each one had to find a way to move past his fears.
I loved how each character’s narrative told us a little more about them individually, back to how they began, and how the secrets they kept from one another would gradually come to light and shed hope on their future. White has masterfully bared the souls of her characters allowing us to live through both their physical and emotional challenges with them thus reminding us there is no such thing as being perfect.
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The mess and imperfection of our life is best manifested in the clamouring for perfection. Author Barbara Claypole White begins her latest novel The Perfect Son by quoting an unknown author, “No one is perfect…that’s why pencils have erasers.” And she went on to quote Friedrich Nietzsche, “What was silent in the father speaks in the son, and often I found in the son the unveiled secret of the father.” In a story that is as tender as it is compelling, Barbara Claypole White shows that a person can find meaning and understanding even in a moment of excruciatingly intolerable darkness.

The Perfect Son by Barbara Claypole White is the story of an imperfect family having severe medical, neurological and mental problems, yet outwardly displaying a sense of perfection, or at least normalcy. It is a family that you will empathize, with their flawed characters, emotional arcs and dealings. It is the story of a marriage in crisis as much as it is about a story of the evolving relationship between a father and a son. It is also the story of a family forced by unexpected and unforeseen circumstances to find acceptance and discover their true self. These bunch of messy people are just simply endearing and their story will stay with you.

The Perfect Son has an eclectic cast of characters that readers will love and easily relate to. Felix’s personality is rigid, a difficult person to like but a good man at heart. Ella’s journey is poignant and sheds much light on Tourette syndrome. Harry’s struggles and how he took charge of his life is a rewarding read. And that goes for Katherine too. I love the secondary characters, and Eurdora and Max are just adorable. I think they stole many scenes from the main characters by their mere presence. They are characters who will make you smile.
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By Debra on 10 August 2016
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It took me a while to finish this – it’s certainly not a fast-paced book. The story and writing are both okay, and the characters incredibly well written. I found Felix hard to handle, and because the bulk of the chapters were from his point of view, this is probably why I kept putting the book down. Harry’s chapters were good, but I was disappointed there weren’t more from Ella’s point of view – given the explosive opening chapter. The emotional conclusion was satisfying, but in my opinion the book was just too long.
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