The Perfect Son

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Published by: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: July 1, 2015
Pages: 386
ISBN13: 978-1477830048

Signed copies available through Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill and Purple Crow Books in Hillsborough

A mother fighting for life, a father demanding perfection, and a son struggling with chaos…

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 syndrome, 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.



“Barbara Claypole White’s novel, The Perfect Son, is a riveting and passionate emotional journey that proves the transforming power that love can have on life and family.”
Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times bestselling author of The Hurricane Sisters

"What a moving, funny, beautifully told story! You will ache for Felix and Harry, with their big, quirky brains and their good hearts, as they grapple with the threat of loss and struggle, for the first time, to truly know and trust one another. I love these characters and this book!"
Marisa de Los Santos, New York Times bestselling author of Belong to Me and The Precious One

“With empathy and heartbreaking clarity, Barbara Claypole White explores a family on the precipice of collapse. With the unexamined past coloring their present, a father’s only hope to accept his son’s limitations and be strong for his ailing wife is in finding the resilience to face his own imperfections. The Perfect Son offers insight, compassion and hope.”
Randy Susan Meyers, bestselling author of Accidents of Marriage, The Comfort of Lies and The Murderer’s Daughters

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The Perfect Son is now available in Italy, Germany, and Hungary.