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The Imperfects

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  25 reviews
The Nest meets Curtis Sittenfeld in this captivating novel about a priceless inheritance that leads one family on a life-altering pursuit of the truth.

The Millers are far from perfect. Estranged siblings Beck, Ashley and Jake find themselves under one roof for the first time in years, forced to confront old resentments and betrayals, when their mysterious, eccentric
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Park Row (first published May 1st 2020)
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Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing

When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .

The Nest meets Curtis
Tina Panik
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A modern family story that’s intertwined with a diamond legacy. The mysteries within the family, and within the history of the diamond, make this a page-turning read.

This was an ARC
Jan Perrotta
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love reading, I always have! As a reader, there are sometimes special books that grab me right away and I end up devouring them! The Imperfects is one of those books! The four page opening, set in Vienna in 1918 is all it took to have me hooked. Why is this happening? Who are these people? What led up to this and what happens next? I was sure a fascinating tale was about to be told and it was! Family members who don’t understand each other and long held assumptions they have about each other ...more
Debra J.
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is even better than Ms. Meyerson's first book, The Bookshop of Yesterdays. The book is well-written, engrossing and fast-paced, with strong character development.
Lisa J
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found Imperfects to be a good mystery style fiction story that did a good job of keeping me pulled in for the last half of the book. I had a hard time putting it down. I have to admit, however, that it did take me a few chapters to get into the book. I had a hard time making sense of who everyone was, and tend to not really enjoy books that bounce too much between individuals and time frames. This can be truly confusing. However, once I got to about the halfway point, I really started to get ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Millers are an imperfect family, who have trouble getting along. When their grandmother dies, they all put aside their troubles to attend the shiva. Beck, who was closest to Helen, their grandmother, inherits a jeweled brooch that contains a yellow diamond. Beck has it appraised by her friend Vicktor, who tells her that it is the missing Florentine diamond which is worth millions if the Millers can prove that Helen acquired the diamond legally.
This sets the Millers off on a journey to find
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an extraordinary novel. I was spellbound as it unfolded. I couldn’t put it down since I became totally fascinated by the lives of the Millers and the extraordinary diamond that served as the catalyst for this novel.

Upon the death of grandma Helen, the Millers learn about the fabled diamond that she had hidden since she was brought to America to escape the Holocaust. From this moment on, the author weaves a spell, combining history with her strongly drawn characters. The diamond drives
Eileen Kennedy
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Helen Auerbach has died, leaving her disparate family at a loss for answers. What little they know of this woman becomes shrouded in mystery when among her possessions is found an over-sized diamond which resembles a rare jewel from the Hapsburg dynasty missing for decades. How did an immigrant Jewish child with no living family find herself the “owner” of the Florentine diamond? One by one her daughter and her three adult children, at odds with one another, become aware of this legacy along ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"If we don't tell stories, they disappear. You must write everything, you must keep us alive."

This story left me speechless and with tears. Such a tragic tale of families split apart never to be seen again during the horrible Halocaust. Helen Auerbach in 1939 is brought to America. One of the fifty children. She never reveals a whole lot about her mother, father and brother she left behind. Deborah her daughter has never met them or her father. Who Helen tells died during the Korean War.
Amy does an interesting thing with her novels; the characters are realistic, read flawed and not particularly likable, still, they grow on you. What drives her books are the stories. She has a sense for a plot that will thicken just enough to trap the reader but not so thick that one is stuck and quits.

The Imperfects are Millers, a matriarchy that starts in Austria with the fall of the Hapsburgs and the 1918 disappearance of the “Florentine” Diamond, a golden monster of a stone set in a hatpin
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
This was a well-written, well-constructed book. The characters are developed nicely and are perfectly imperfect. When their grandmother dies they have to come together and figure out how their grandmother had in her possession a yellow diamond brooch. They go on a journey to find out more about their family history while also dealing with their families current issues. In doing that, they develop a better understanding of their own relationships with one another. The story details to completely ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I'm friends with the author.

This is essentially two books for the price of one. A dysfunctional adult family sorting through their individual and collective messes, and a mysterious inheritance clue-following journey through history. Obviously the book hinges on both and seamlessly weaves through them, but what I found happening again and again while reading was that while the inheritance part is the more glamorous plot point, I was deeply invested in the Miller family and their
Katherine Hatton
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love a family saga and a story-within-a-story, and Amy Meyerson is masterful at each. The Miller children illustrate the good, the bad, and the ugly of families. Their grandmother's death finally causes them to become less self-absorbed and more curious about their family history; as they seek to explore how she came to leave behind a most valuable diamond, the three Miller siblings and their mother learn about themselves, each other, and their complicated relationships and feelings. The story ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book captured my attention from the first chapter. I found myself wanting to read one more chapter at each sitting in order to find out what would happen next. The characters and family dynamics were well written and relatable. Their quest to find out how the diamond ended up in their aunt’s possession is full of twists and turns, that each sibling navigates differently. The story is well written and it is clear from the author’s attention to detail that a great deal of research was done ...more
Jennifer Chan
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Imperfects was such an captivating book from start to finish. You're immediately drawn into the story of the family, the complicated relationships between all of the characters, and of course the mystery of the Florentine Diamond. The way the story unfolds keeps you wanting more while making you completely invested in finding the answers. Amy Meyerson's attention to detail to the historical references and the way she made each character so relatable in their own away really made this such an ...more
Heather Donovan
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a fantastic book. It was exceptionally well-written, and I really loved how there is a historical story incorporated but not using the usual time jumps; the historical story comes through as the characters do research and look into the diamond and how it might have come to be in Helen's possession. I thought the characters were well-written, and even though there was a little too much family drama for my liking, it still worked well with the story. And I would really love to ...more
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! The time put into researching all of the historical details of this amazing story is incredible. Part historical fiction, part family saga...I couldn’t put it down! Will be hand-selling this beauty at the bookstore as soon as it’s published in May. Would also make a great book club selection! Thank you so much for the ARC and the opportunity to read this beautiful story!
April Davila
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once again Meyerson delivers with a family mystery that spans generations. I loved the details of this story, from the distinctive crack in a gem stone to the rise and fall of empires. The characters are wonderfully distinct and the plot took turns I wasn’t expecting, which is always a delight. Definitely one to pick up.
Jan 09, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This is very engaging and well written. With an interesting plot and well crafted characters, this book shows the author's talent nicely. The fact that is based on part on true events, make this more compelling. Recommended.

Thanks very much for the ARC for review!!
Feb 04, 2020 added it
Shelves: arc, dnf
DNF. Just not my thing.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed every aspect of this book, characters, family dynamic, pacing, plot were all very well done. Right from the start I was pulled into the story and found it hard to put down.
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down, not just because of the plot but because of the well-hewn relationships driving the story. Highly recommend!
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved the historical fiction aspect intertwined with the family dynamics and relationships. It was a total page turner!
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
A really nice contemporary family drama mixed with bits of historical fiction. While I enjoyed the premise and the story a lot, I wasn’t a fan of how the plot was organized.
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love the way this is told, with the family (and the reader) making discoveries by doing research rather than through flashbacks. Also it turns out I like jewel theft.
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Amy Meyerson is the bestselling author of "The Bookshop of Yesterdays," which will be translated into 11 languages. She has been published in numerous literary magazines and teaches in the writing department at the University of Southern California, where she completed her graduate work in creative writing. Originally from Philadelphia, she currently lives in Los Angeles. Her new novel, The ...more
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