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“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.” —Booklist
From the bestselling author of The Bookshop of Yesterdays comes a captivating new 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 matriarch, Helen, passes away. But their lives are about to change when they find a secret inheritance hidden among her possessions—the Florentine Diamond, a 137-carat yellow gemstone that went missing from the Austrian Empire a century ago.
Desperate to learn how one of the world’s most elusive diamonds ended up in Helen’s bedroom, they begin investigating her past only to realize how little they know about their brave, resilient grandmother. As the Millers race to determine whether they are the rightful heirs to the diamond and the fortune it promises, they uncover a past more tragic and powerful than they ever could have imagined, forever changing their connection to their heritage and each other.
Inspired by the true story of the real, still-missing Florentine Diamond, The Imperfects illuminates the sacrifices we make for family and how sometimes discovering the truth of the past is the only way to better the future.
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“[A] cracking tale… Meyerson makes the family arguments deliciously realistic, and her gradual uncovering of the heirloom’s secrets will keep readers turning the pages. This well-spun tale is a charming reminder that familial reconciliation can be worth a fortune.” —Publishers Weekly, A Summer Reads 2020 Pick
“Delicious, compulsively readable… Both a gripping mystery and a family tale of imperfect people… Large gemstones have a certain magic of their own, and Meyerson expertly captures that fascination, in her wonderful tracing of the origin of the secret brooch. I read this book morning and night until it was done, unable to break free of its spell. A sheer delight.” —Janet Fitch, bestselling author of White Oleander, The Revolution of Marina M., and Chimes of a Lost Cathedral
“Even better than her enchanting debut, Meyerson’s sophomore novel is an exquisitely researched, propulsive tale about the resilience of a splintered family and the power of secrets through a century of lies, betrayals, and life-changing fortune. A wonderfully structured multigenerational family drama woven with international intrigue, The Imperfects is a truly beautiful and truly American story full of unspoken history, loss, and hope. Absolutely winning.” —J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest and The Lager Queen of Minnesota
“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.” —Angie Kim, bestselling author of Miracle Creek
“The matriarch of a perfectly imperfect family bequeaths them the perfect diamond—but is it a family heirloom or stolen treasure? In this clever, meticulously plotted tale of secrets, family dynamics, and resilience, Amy Meyerson takes readers on a what-if journey filled with equal parts history, tenderness, and intrigue.” —Cynthia Swanson, New York Times bestselling author of The Bookseller and The Glass Forest
“The Imperfects is many things, all of them wonderful: a tale of the calamity and change of the twentieth century; a finely observed character study that focuses on the deliciously memorable Miller family; and a true page-turner that enthralled me from the start. It’s also a work of grace, sensitivity, and perfectly observed attention to detail… Certain to delight and entrance its readers.” —Jennifer Robson, bestselling author of The Gown
“The author portrays complex relationships with insight and finesse… [An] entertaining multigenerational saga about sacrifice, self-reliance, and what it means to be family.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The Imperfects by Amy Meyerson is an addictive and beautifully written novel about siblings, family secrets and the unraveling of the real historical mystery of the Florentine diamond. Each one of the Miller’s well-drawn stories and their search to uncover their matriarch’s past, her narrow escape from the Holocaust and her connection to the Florentine diamond, kept me quickly turning the pages. I absolutely devoured this novel—a riveting family saga with the pace of a thriller.” —Jillian Cantor, bestselling author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time
“Helen Auerbach must have stolen the Florentine Diamond. Why else would an ordinary woman have kept the long-lost gem, once the property of Austrian royalty, hidden for so long? When Helen dies, her family must put their differences aside if they want to have any hope of holding on to this unexpected inheritance and, more importantly, unraveling the mystery of Helen’s past and clearing the matriarch’s name. Amy Meyerson’s second novel The Imperfects is a book that shines as brightly as the jewel at the center of its tale and will leave readers wondering what mysteries might be hidden in their own pasts, waiting to be revealed.” —Meghan MacLean Weir, author of The Book of Essie
“Compelling… Readers who enjoy realistically drawn characters, family dynamics, and the power of history will appreciate this novel.” —Library Journal
“Compassionate, thoughtful, and surprisingly moving, this dysfunctional family saga will satisfy fans of Maggie Shipstead and Celeste Ng.” —Booklist
“In this absorbing historically based drama, an American family must prove its rightful ownership of an inherited diamond that’s been missing from the Austrian crown jewels for more than a century.” —Shelf Awareness
Review of The Imperfects by Amy Meyerson PDF
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 through their resentments, boiled up angers, feel betrayed, deceived, prefer not to breathe the same air with each other are now at the same roof. Let’s pray, they won’t kill each other!
But guess what ? There is a secret inheritance’s existence appear among their grandmother’s possessions. Tatatata: And the big prize is: 137-carat yellow gemstone- The Florentine Diamond. Ding ding ding! Who’s gonna get this biggest prize? Beck, she inherits the brooch contains this yellow diamond, who is closer to their grandmother, showing the jewelry to her friend Victor. If they may prove her grandmother possess this diamond legally, they are gonna be millionaires! But there is a big question: How one of the most valuable jewelry piece on the earth ends up at their grandmother’s bedroom? They have to dig together to find out the hidden truth.
Their search about family history and secrets of Helen help them heal their broken relationships and understand each other profoundly. This book hooks you from the start, making you entertain, laughing hard with the characters’ quirkiness and their distressed relationships. And there are also emotional, tear jerking, ugly crying parts which helps you empathize with these characters and see the familiarities with your own life.
A life could be far from perfect but it is still worth to live and enjoy every moment! So c’est la vie!
The author did an amazing job and warmed my heart and gave me quiet inspiration with her beautiful writing. I’m giving my 4 yellow, shiny, moving, powerful stars!
Special thanks to NetGalley and Park Row for sharing this amazing ARC in exchange my honest review and I’m looking forward to read new books of Amy Meyerson.
Review of The Imperfects by Amy Meyerson PDF
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, then that she has been named the executrix of Helen’s will and that Helen has left the house to her mother, and the majority of the estate she has left to be divided between the three siblings. The only thing mentioned specifically for Becc is a brooch that appears to be of little or no intrinsic value.
As Beck begins to question her grandmother’s choices, she learns the booche actually has a huge diamond in the center, one that has been missing for years.
After an uncomfortable meeting with the rest of the Miller family, Beck decides to tell them about the brooch and they all agree to consider selling it, but only after they have leaned how their grandmother came to be in possession of it.
From this point on, the family encounters one difficulty after another as they begin to research the diamond. There are multiple side stories that add to each sibling’s situation and usually to their desire to sell the brooch. One sister’s husband has committed fraud and must pay the company back along with probably going to jail. Beck is wrestling with the fact she is a better employee than most of the others at her law firm but because of a poor decision she made in highschool she was kicked out of law school. Beck’s brother has neve managed to make much of himself. He had overnight success with his first screenplay which laid bare the sister’s individual character flaws and since that time all he has managed to do is smoke marijuana and work at Trader Joes. His live-in girlfriend is pregnant, he loses his job and is desperate for money. All three siblings are estranged from their mother who has never been a successful parent and who blames her mother for that fact.
The story of the diamond, how it came to be in Helen’s possession and how she used some of the accompanying stones had some interest, but is completely overshadowed by the family’s struggles, their dysfunctionality and their individual struggles. There are few, if any, positive aspects to any of the characters in the story, making it difficult to care if they discover the origin of the diamond or if they become more likeable as individuals. I also found the ending to be less than satisfying in terms of how the future might unfold for any of the four principle characters.
My thanks to Harlequin – Trade Publishing U.S. & Canada, and NetGalley for providing me with an advance digital read copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Amy Meyerson teaches in the writing department at the University of Southern California, where she completed her graduate work in creative writing. She has been published in numerous literary magazines and currently lives in Los Angeles. The Bookshop of Yesterdays is her first novel.