IMPERFECT BLISS

Susan Fales-Hill

Reality TV—Jane Austen Style

Meet the Harcourts of Chevy Chase, Maryland. A respectable middle-class, middle-age, mixed-race couple, Harold and Forsythia have four eminently marriageable daughters—or so their mother believes. Forsythia named her girls after Windsor royals in the hopes that one day each would find her true prince. But princes are far from the mind of their second-born daughter, Elizabeth (AKA Bliss), who, in the aftermath of a messy divorce, has moved back home and thrown herself into earning her PhD. All that changes when a Bachelorette-style reality television show called 

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Reality TV—Jane Austen Style

Meet the Harcourts of Chevy Chase, Maryland. A respectable middle-class, middle-age, mixed-race couple, Harold and Forsythia have four eminently marriageable daughters—or so their mother believes. Forsythia named her girls after Windsor royals in the hopes that one day each would find her true prince. But princes are far from the mind of their second-born daughter, Elizabeth (AKA Bliss), who, in the aftermath of a messy divorce, has moved back home and thrown herself into earning her PhD. All that changes when a Bachelorette-style reality television show called The Virgin takes Bliss’s younger sister Diana as its star. Though she fights it at first, Bliss can’t help but be drawn into the romantic drama that ensues, forcing her to reconsider everything she thought she knew about love, her family, and herself. Fresh and engaging, Imperfect Bliss is a wickedly funny take on the ways that courtship and love have changed—even as they’ve stayed the same.

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  • Atria Books
  • Hardcover
  • July 2012
  • 304 Pages
  • 9781451623826

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About Susan Fales-Hill

Susan Fales-Hill is the author of One Flight Up and the acclaimed memoir, Always Wear Joy. A contributing editor at Essence, her writing has also appeared in VogueTown & Country, and Travel & Leisure. She lives in New York City.

Praise

"Imperfect Bliss is the perfect summer read. Susan Fales-Hill, a magnificent storyteller, has written a poignant and piquant comedy of manners that will make Jane Austen fans swoon. Delicious!"Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of The Shoemaker’s Wife

"If Candace Bushnell and Zadie Smith had a literary love child, the result would be Imperfect Bliss."Keli Goff, The GQ Candidate

"Imperfect Bliss is a hoot! Featuring a heroine who becomes entangled in the nutty world of reality TV, it’s a fast, fun read."Sarah Pekkanen, author of The Opposite of Me and These Girls

"Imperfect Bliss‘s romantic heroine ultimately finds her epiphany in a journey through family discord, reality TV productions, and a candlelight dinner for two…this is reading as alluring as the best French perfume."André Leon Talley, Editor At Large, Vogue