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In a Perfect World

by Laura Kasischke | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780061766114 Global Overview for this book
Registered by winghaahaahaa98wing of Watertown, Massachusetts USA on 10/10/2023
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Journal Entry 1 by winghaahaahaa98wing from Watertown, Massachusetts USA on Tuesday, October 10, 2023
To be released.

Released 3 mos ago (1/17/2024 UTC) at Little Free Library - Clark St (At Thomas St) in Belmont, Massachusetts USA


Released to a Little Free Library.

In a Perfect WorldIn a Perfect World by Laura Kasischke

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A bit of an unsettling too close-for-comfort read tinged with sci-fi dystopian elements, except that we did live through a pandemic. A flight attendant falls for the charms of an airline pilot - they quickly get married, and expediently expects her to take care of his three kids from prior marriage. On a flight to Germany, everyone gets put in quarantine, and gradually his frequent phone calls becomes less frequent, (view spoiler)[and eventually he falls out of his family's life and is probably leading a new life (with a new woman) abroad. (hide spoiler)]

The strength of the book lies not in the plot - which is more or less a straightforward "oh-my-gosh" the world is falling apart, now we need to save up / save gas / learn to live like survivalists fare - but in the simplicity of the innocence of language that covers up the severity of the impact the "Phoenix flu" is having on the world. Gradually assumed social structures fall apart, cities become deserted, but rather than using a more stringent tone in her writing the author utilizes a more casual almost innocent tone.

Part of me wanted to like the book more, but I really do wish that there was more richness about the individual characters, and especially about the (view spoiler)[deadbeat husband, (hide spoiler)] by the end of the book. (view spoiler)[I guess that is the point the writer is making that not everything will need, or will have, a nice resolution. (hide spoiler)]

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Journal Entry 3 by winghaahaahaa98wing at Duets Bookbox, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Friday, January 26, 2024

Released 2 mos ago (1/26/2024 UTC) at Duets Bookbox, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases


To be released in Duets Bookbox Round #2.

Journal Entry 4 by wingLaveggioCoffeewing at Binghamton, New York USA on Tuesday, January 30, 2024
This one came home in my Duets Bookbox Round #2.

not sure about this one.....

Journal Entry 5 by wingLaveggioCoffeewing at Binghamton, New York USA on Tuesday, February 13, 2024
reserved for a wishlist tag

Journal Entry 6 by wingLaveggioCoffeewing at Wish list tag, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Saturday, February 17, 2024

Released 2 mos ago (2/16/2024 UTC) at Wish list tag, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA


sent off to another bookcrosser for the wishlist tag game......enjoy

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Journal Entry 7 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, February 20, 2024
The wishlist book arrived safely today; many thanks! I enjoyed the author's very creepy novel Mind of Winter, and wanted to try more of her work.

Later: This one's quite jarring, as it deals with a global pandemic in an all-too-familiar way, but the book came out in 2009! Here, an unfortunately naive young woman marries a handsome airline pilot and resigns from her flight attendant job in favor of becoming a housewife - and stepmother to his three children, including two teen girls who dislike her intensely, and a small boy who's happy to have any attention at all. Yeah, this is going to work out well... Even without the complications of the spreading "Phoenix flu", our poor heroine looks to be in trouble!

I appreciated the slow-building horror of the situation - and the author's choice to focus on this one household for the majority of the tale, with glimpses of what's going on in the rest of the world inserted here and there. The touches of hope added poignancy to the situation - yes, everyone's getting along better under duress, but their situation is not sustainable, and even if there are rescue efforts afoot from whoever else has survived, well... Let's just say that the story overall gave me the feeling of a lovely but mournful dirge.

Released 3 wks ago (3/25/2024 UTC) at Daniel Webster Highway (see notes) in Merrimack, New Hampshire USA


I left this book in the entrance of the Thirsty Moose; hope someone enjoys it!

[See other recent releases in NH here.]

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