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The Imperfects

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  2,523 ratings  ·  421 reviews

"A page-turning family saga, this book will entertain readers of all generations." -- Good Morning America

"Compassionate, thoughtful, and surprisingly moving... [ The Imperfects ] will satisfy fans of Maggie Shipstead and Celeste Ng." --B
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by Park Row (first published May 1st 2020)
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    Nilufer Ozmekik
    Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This book is close to be perfect with inventive, exciting, moving, captivating story-telling and well crafted characterization based on the real story of Florentine Diamond which is still missing.

    Let’s meet with Millers and its estranged family members. When you goggle their name the “dysfunctional family” term appears on your screen. They reluctantly come together because of their grandmother Helen’s sudden death. Ashley, Jake and Beck cannot stand with each other because they cannot pass throu
    Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Squabbling siblings, a granny with a questionable past and the legend of the Florentine diamond all drew me to this story. I enjoy family sagas and if you throw in a little dysfunction and a sparkly bauble, I’m fully immersed.

    Maybe the fighting grows out of their limited expectations for each other. If they try to be more generous, if they try to believe in each other, maybe the Millers can be another kind of family, one not so quick to anger. One that forgives rather than holds grudges.

    On the p
    Aug 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I loved the premise of this book. The story of a very dysfunctional family, The Miller's and how they came into the possession of the very elusive long-lost Florentine diamond from the Habsburg royal family (Austro-Hungarian empire.) When Helen Auerbach, family matriarch dies and leaves her daughter and three grandchildren a family heirloom no one can possibly believe it is a long-lost royal diamond. The family goes on a quest to find out how Helen came to have this and uncover her story (and al ...more
    Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This delicious, compulsively readable novel of an estranged family--three grown children, each with their secrets and divided loyalties, their hapless hippie mother and a grandmother with secrets, who dies, leaving her house to her daughter and her one special bequest to the youngest granddaughter Beck--a costume jewelry brooch which is so much more than that, a historic diamond for decades thought lost.

    The novel is both a gripping mystery and a family tale of imperfect people fighting to overco
    Jonathan K
    Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    A sequel novel of magnificent proportions

    Having loved Amy's debut novel, The Bookshop of Yesterdays, I was excited to learn of her next one. The matriarch of the family passes and a granddaughter inherits what appears to be a costume jewelry brooch. With meticulous research Amy tells a story of a family that uncovers unknown mysteries and with each piece, momentum builds. While the characters aren't unique, the story and plot twists make up for it. Then like a magician, she distracts the reader
    Gail C.
    Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    The Millers, central characters to this story, make up a completely dysfunctional family.While there story outlines the difficulty between the women of the family, a mom and two sisters; and the one son. The reader learns early that not only is this generation dysfunctional, the problems go back at least one more generation to include the dysfunctional relationship between their grandmother and their mother.
    The grandmother, Helen, dies and Becc, the granddaughter who learns of Helen’s death, the
    Carla Johnson-Hicks
    This is a story with a few plotlines. We have the Millers, an extremely dysfunctional family, an extremely valuable diamond that disappeared in the early 20th century, dysfunctional adults with secrets, death of a matriarch and all that goes with that, and family lineage. When Helen dies, she leaves behind her estate to be executed by her granddaughter Beck. When the family all arrive at Helen's home, there are bound to be fireworks. They have not been together in over three years. When the will ...more
    May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    The Millers are an imperfect family. Deborah Miller was an absent mother to Beck, Ashley and Jake who were raised mostly by grandmother Helen. The father had long been out of the picture. We learn the backstories of the three children. Each are dealing with their own issues and resentments. Now they have to deal with the death of their grandmother Helen. The death brings the estranged family together.

    Helen’s will states that her house goes to her daughter Deborah and the balance of the estate i
    Stacie Lauren
    Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
    The matriarch of the Miller family, Helen, passes away, and leaves an ornate broach to her granddaughter Beck. Beck, her two siblings, and her mother are forced together for Helen's funeral and have decades of resentment to work through. Although each individual family member had a relationship with Helen, none of them were aware that Helen had been holding on to the 137 carat Florentine yellow diamond hidden within her broach. The Florentine diamond has been missing since 1918 so how did Helen ...more
    Angie Kim
    May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Amy Meyerson has created a captivating story about a hilariously dysfunctional family that comes into a shocking inheritance—a world-famous, priceless 137-carat diamond. Part expertly-plotted historical mystery, part tender family drama, and part juicy international caper, THE IMPERFECTS has it all. An absolute pleasure to read, guaranteed to have readers turning the pages late into the night.
    Kate Olson
    Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I picked this one up because it’s the monthly pick from a local bookstore - and I’m really happy that I did! The combination of family dysfunction and historical mystery was pretty perfect and although I am still not sure I am completely satisfied with the ending, it definitely made me think.
    Valerie Stickney
    Could not find any of the main characters likable and the ending was a big disappointment.
    Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

    ‘Beck stares at the enormous yellow diamond, waiting for Helen’s face to appear in it, to toll her eyes and say, Please you always knew I had my secrets. Beck knew that Helen had stories she’s never shared. Stories about what happened to her family in Vienna during the Holocaust, why she traveled to the US alone. These were an untold past, one that Beck assumed held too much pain for Helen to revisit. This tone, though, it bears secrets, ones Beck can’t begi
    DeB MaRtEnS
    The Imperfects - a book to be inhaled in one gulp, following the hope, discord and division of an “imperfect” family, fragile yet tenderly holding itself together - and discovering the reason for its fault lines upon the death of their matriarch Helen. The novel is a mystery, gathered around the Florentine Diamond, and author Amy Myerson impeccably slivers its facets as an inheritance, an implosion into the lives of this unsuspecting family.

    As with many immigrant families, the Millers’ ties verg
    This was an entertaining read about a dysfunctional family of 3 estranged siblings and their mother,brought together when the family matriarch passes away! While planning her funeral and going through the will, they find their grandmother has left her home to her daughter and a special brooch to her youngest granddaughter. After inspection they come to find out that the main diamond in this brooch is the long lost Florentine Diamond, 137 carat diamond. These siblings come together to do whatever ...more
    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
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    The Imperfects by Amy Meyerson is a contemporary novel with an interesting historical element. The mysterious Florentine Diamond and how it came into the family’s possession makes the book intriguing to read. However, the intrigue becomes lost due to the large number of characters and slow moving plot.

    The concept of The Imperfects is really unique and I was immediately drawn in to learn more about the Florentine Diamond and how it came into Helen’s possession. The
    Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I’m trying to figure out how to articulate into comprehensible words how much I loved this book. I’ll try my best.

    The Imperfects launches into a tale of the Miller family - a broken, dysfunctional family where half the members are not speaking to each other. When their grandmother dies, leaving behind a will that states they must come together and reunite; they begrudgingly abide by her wishes. When looking through the paperwork, dividing up assets, and determining who gets what, the family disc
    anna jo
    May 29, 2020 rated it liked it
    this is a great example of successful "telling, not showing". i know a lot of people prefer the latter, but i'm perfectly fine with this writing style. family drama's are fascinating to me because it all feels so REAL. all families are fucked up in someway.

    these characters were frustrating as hell but felt very real. stubbornness runs rampant, and damn if that isn't the truth.

    3.25 plot dragged a little but i really, really enjoyed my time reading this.
    Jodie (That Happy Reader)
    What family is perfect? Certainly not the Millers - Beck, Ashley and Jake who have been estranged for years. When their Grandmother Helen dies and the trio get together for the funeral, they are forced to confront the issues that have caused them to part. They also find the inheritance of a large yellow diamond which has been hidden away for decades - a gem that has been missing from the Austrian empire for a hundred years. Will the three finally make amends as they try to unravel the mystery of ...more
    May 24, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    I was so excited to read Amy Meyerson’s newest novel after having read and LOVED The Bookshop of Yesterdays but The Imperfects was not what I expected. The book, written in 3rd person present tense, feels juvenile not only for the writing style but because the entire book is driven by so much BICKERING dialogue between all of the Miller siblings, their spouses, and mother. The story progressed as slow molasses because every single step of the novel is interrupted with more BICKERING between char ...more
    Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
    I've only just started reading it but I'm feeling some deja vu--as if I've read it before (but, no, apparently that was Jonathan Tropper's "This is Where I Leave You") and/or seen the movie (but, no, apparently that was "This is Where I Leave You" and/or any number of dramedies about siblings reconnecting).

    The last 2/3 of book are better than the first 1/3. The characters are annoying throughout (so we'll know, for sure, that they are the titular "imperfects").
    Moira Allbritton
    Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: 2020
    Maybe a 2.5 star novel.

    Took an eternity to gather steam.
    I didn't connect with any of the characters, even in their imperfections.
    The different arcs are unified in fairly tepid endings.
    Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

    “I’ve been so busy thinking she betrayed me I didn’t stop to consider that she may have been protecting me.”

    The Imperfects by Amy Meyerson is a contemporary tale with an interesting historical backstory. Travel along with the family as they investigate the mystery behind the Florentine Diamond and how it came to be in their family’s possession. Much like the stone itself, this tale is as much about the individual members of the family as they face their own ‘imperfections’.

    The most interest
    May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    4.5 an imperfect family will draw you in instantly and hold you tight highlighting every facet of life. Family drama sprinkled with historical fiction in an all encompassing read. I spent the entire day outside listening to the audio, the family angst was palpable!
    Genevieve Trono
    Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This book was just what I needed to hold my attention right now. This read was equal parts family drama and historical fiction, which was a pleasant surprise to me. When a distressed family comes across an unexpected gem in their inheritance, they are led down a path of discovery, exposed secrets, and necessary growth.

    The characters were well developed and I loved seeing how they brought their own perception to the unfolding story. I especially loved the ending of this book...while it wasn’t pr
    Jennifer (JC-S)
    ‘Helen is dead.’

    The death of their grandmother, Helen Auerbach, forces a fractured family to reunite, at least temporarily. Siblings Beck, Ashley and Jake Miller and their mother Deborah carry the baggage of decades of betrayal, misunderstanding and resentment when they get together in their grandmother’s house after her death. Her will is clear: Helen left her house to Deborah, the balance of her estate to Beck, Ashley and Jake, with one exception: ‘My yellow diamond brooch goes to Becca’. Beck
    Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

    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 Sitte
    Rachael | Booklist Queen
    A forgettable dysfuction family story

    After the death of their grandmother, estranged siblings find a treasure hidden among her belongings - a 137-carat diamond. Now they must dive into their grandmother's history to figure out if they are the rightful heirs. More than anything, The Imperfects is a tale of dysfunctional family relationships and the struggle to forgive and understand those closest to you. In all, the book was 3 stars for me. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't memorable. I failed to emp
    I liked the premise of The Imperfects thinking it was going to be sort of a caper, but its really more about a dysfunctional family.

    But whose family isn't? Not mine, that's for sure.

    ** Minor spoilers ahead **

    When the matriarch of the Miller family dies, Helen leaves behind a diamond brooch to her favorite grandchild, Beca.

    But, when Beca discovers the brooch is not costume jewelry, an international incident breaks out to discover the true owner of the diamond, a lost heirloom that can be t
    May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This is a delightful family saga that would be perfect for book groups. How did late Grandmother Helen come to be in possession of the Florentine diamond, one of the long lost jewels of WW2? Beck, Jake and Ashley and their mother Deborah aim to find out, and hope to be able to sell it and reap millions. But the plot zigs and zags, with all loose plot points thread and surprise. Compulsively readable - an ideal summer read!
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    Amy Meyerson is the bestselling author of The Bookshop of Yesterdays and The Imperfects. Her books have been translated into eleven languages, and her short fiction has been published in numerous literary magazines. Amy teaches in the writing department at the University of Southern California, where she completed her master's degree in creative writing. She is currently at work on her third novel ...more

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