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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Goose Lane Editions (April 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864925158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864925152
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #575,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Lambert on Dec 6 2009
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Perfecting is a fascinating (and perhaps essential) study of the damaged and the damned. How evil pays forward. How half-blind attempts to find personal redemption can go pathetically awry. In sinuous language that twines from the minds of her characters into the reader's own subconscious realms, Kuitenbrouwer lures us along taut story threads to a brilliantly executed moment of retribution -- and surprise.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Neufeld on June 14 2009
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Perfecting commences strongly, with striking characters all moving towards a dramatic collision with each other, against the backdrop of a looming storm. The shifting emotions of Martha, a woman who has spent most of her life in a cult but now feels compelled to leave it, are very well handled (as I can attest, having myself once left a cult after many years). The two most striking characters are Hollis, the aging patriarch of two families of angry men, and Curtis, one of Hollis' sons who tries to remake himself into a saint by founding a small cult in Ontario. The plot fairly demands that the two must ultimately meet again face to face, but here the reader is disappointed. The book's climax and resolution fail to deliver on the full dramatic potential of its powerful set-up.
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Perfecting is a fascinating (and perhaps essential) study of the damaged and the damned. How evil pays forward. How half-blind attempts to find personal redemption can go pathetically awry. In sinuous language that twines from the minds of her characters into the reader's own subconscious realms, Kuitenbrouwer lures us along taut story threads to a brilliantly executed moment of retribution -- and surprise.

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