The Perfect Son, Reviews


“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

“In The Perfect Son White has crafted a tightly-wound tale of a family on the brink of unravelling that somehow manages to find a way to make it through. These unconventional, fully-formed characters became real to me as I followed their emotional roller-coaster. Poignant and affecting–it’s a great read for your bookclub!”
Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of Hidden and Forgotten

“With clear-eyed insight and empathy, The Perfect Son captures the ache and beauty of love in its many forms. In a beautifully told story, Barbara Claypole White takes us on a poignant journey through the minds and hearts of a mother, a father and their eccentric son. As they all learn to love through loss, change and fear, we as readers just might find our hearts as the characters find theirs.”
Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of The Idea of Love

“The Perfect Son is about the roles we settle into in families–The Caretaker, The Neglector, The High-Maintenance One–and the upheaval that occurs when crisis strikes and everyone needs to take on a new, unfamiliar role. It’s about raising complicated children, and the strain that places on a marriage. But above all, The Perfect Son is about love, and its ability to guide us out of our comfort zones and help us rebuild when all around us has shattered.”
Julie Lawson Timmer, author of Five Days Left

“I’ve been a fan of Barbara Claypole White’s work for many years now. This is, without question, her best yet. The Perfect Son is amazing. This story – the intricacies of the characters – the experiences they have. Just. So. Good.”
Good Girl Gone Redneck

“The Perfect Son was a masterful pileup of contradictory emotions: heart-swelling versus heart-breaking, hope versus despair, and denial versus acceptance. In other words, it was one captivating read, and I literally hugged it when I finished.”
Jennie Shaw Book Review with Cover Mani

“Beautiful writing and prose, for a thought-provoking tale of family, struggles, and survival. The character development was stellar, and White skillfully crafts and weaves you through emotional highs and lows with intensity and suspense.”
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