Imperfects
by Meyerson, Amy






A family's discovery of a priceless inheritance leads them on a pursuit for the truth that transforms their lives in unexpected ways. By the best-selling author of The Bookshop of Yesterdays. 100,000 first printing.





The Miller siblings are barely speaking to one another when their grandmother, Helen, dies, forcing them to reckon with her legacy, which involves the long-lost and priceless Florentine Diamond. The diamond means something different to each sibling. For Ashley, it's a way to maintain her lifestyle after her husband's criminal activity is exposed. For Jake, it provides a fresh start after years of underachievement. For Beck, it's a chance to build a life she truly loves. But before they can sell the diamond, they must prove its provenance and explain how an average woman in Philadelphia came to possess one of the Habsburg crown jewels. As they piece together their family history in an attempt to prove that Helen was diamond's rightful owner, her painful story comes to light, forcing the family to rethink what they knew about their grandmother and about each other. Meyerson (The Bookshop of Yesterdays, 2018) fluidly moves between family members' third-person stories as they navigate their complex relationships. Compassionate, thoughtful, and surprisingly moving, this dysfunctional family saga will satisfy fans of Maggie Shipstead and Celeste Ng. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





When estranged siblings discover that their recently deceased grandmother left behind a multimillion-dollar diamond, they try to look past their differences in order to unearth the secrets of their grandmother's past. Beck Miller has a better relationship with her maternal grandmother, Helen, than do either her brother, Jake, who lives across the country, or her married sister, Ashley, who simply can't be bothered. Their mother, Deborah, has also done precious little to care for her mother over the years, so it's no wonder that when Helen dies, she bequeaths her most valued possession, a bedazzled brooch, to Beck. Beck is shocked to discover that the brooch, which looks like costume jewelry, contains a real 137-karat diamond. Known as the Florentine Diamond, the gem once belonged to the Habsburgs and has been missing since the early 1900s. The stone is worth millions, and Beck feels compelled to share this windfall with her family members despite their dysfunctional relationships. As word spreads that the Millers are in possession of the famous Florentine, every possible claimant, from the FBI to the Italian government, makes efforts to confiscate it from them. The Millers begin investigat ing Helen's youth in an effort to prove that she came by the stone honestly. As they uncover details of her childhood, including her narrow escape from the Nazis, the Millers also learn secrets about each other that threaten their already tenuous relationships. Told from the perspectives of all three Miller siblings as well as their mother, the story emphasizes the ways in which varied perceptions of identical facts can create rifts in relationships. The author portrays complex relationships with insight and finesse, if also with a degree of excessive detail. Although the novel has the unfortunate quality of shifting points of view too quickly, often making it feel disjointed, the questions with which the main characters grapple are sufficiently engrossing that readers will remain engaged. Replete with details about gemstones and the mechanisms for determining a diamond's quality and provenence, the novel showcases how greed and selfishness can cause fissures in relationship s that reverberate for generations. A solidly entertaining multigenerational saga about sacrifice, self-reliance, and what it means to be family. Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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