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3.49  ·  Rating details ·  136 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
In her shattering new novel, renowned bestselling author Judith Rossner exposes the inner workings of an unstable family in which the relationship between mother and daughter goes from dangerous to deadly.
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 8th 1998 by Island Books (first published 1997)
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Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
I didn't finish the book couldn't finish it tried & tried to read it to finish but no luck.
Sep 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
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I definitely enjoyed this book, but in an uneasy sort of way. Perfidia is a somewhat depressing tale, but a very realistic one, and both an interesting and compelling read.

I found the ending a bit unsatisfying, but that didn't make me dislike it--on the contrary, after a few minutes of thoughtful, somewhat stunned and not-necessarily-happy contemplation, I decided I preferred it that way. Life is like that sometimes, I guess, whether we like it or not.
Sep 12, 2008 rated it did not like it
I hated this book - it was dark, depressing and coming from a totally different familial background I have a very hard time understanding why people just don't leave such terrible situations and how they get so wound up in needing love from someone who obviously is unable and unwilling to give it. I know that this story rings true for many people - but for me, it's just too sad to allow your life to be shaped by such anger.
May 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
this book is a tail of how one girls mother can turn to hate her daughter for something she had nothing to do about, in the end the witch of a mother tries killing her daughter with a broken beer bottle but has it turned on her to summon her death
Aug 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any girl
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I learned a lot about sex from this book.
Perfidia by Judith Rossner (1998)
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is well-written. The "ick" factor is as high as the level of writing. So reading it is up to you!
Joseph Griggs
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I found myself absolutely fascinated by the twisted relationship between Maddy and her mother, who were both perfectly realized.
Kathleen O'Nan
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read Rossner's Looking for Mr. Goodbar years ago and loved it.
This is also a very dark tale, equally well told and equally moving.
Jul 22, 2008 rated it did not like it
Too depressing.
Jun 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Judith Perelman Rossner was an American novelist, best known for her 1975 novel Looking for Mr. Goodbar, which was inspired by the murder of Roseann Quinn and examined the underside of the seventies sexual liberation movement. Though Looking for Mr. Goodbar remained Rossner's best known and best selling work, she continued to write. Her most successful post-Goodbar novel was 1983's August, about t ...more
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