Blythe Young is recently divorced, broke, and running from the IRS. When she finds herself at Seneca House, the tenement house she lived in while at college, she turns to the only friend she knows she still has left. But although Millie Ott is still the sweet woman Blythe remembers, Blythe has changed, and Millie isn’t quite as trusting of Blythe’s conniving ways as she used to be.
Blythe has come a long way since her trailer park upbringing, and she’s determined to stay in the Austin society she married into, even though she no longer bears the right last name. If that means lying, cheating, and playing one socialite against the other, she’s willing to do it. But her game comes to a halt at Seneca House.
Suddenly, Blythe finds herself making visits to homeless men in the park and street teens who are desperate for direction. And in the process of helping these people, she finds herself, albeit reluctantly. Although she never quite reforms, Blythe learns to use her scheming ways to everyone’s best advantage.
In How Perfect Is That, Sarah Bird shows us the other side of high society. Blythe is a difficult woman to relate to, if you’ve always lived on the right side of the law, yet she’s endearing in her own way. While we may not relate to her struggles to fit into the right circles, most women experience desperation at some point in their lives, and we never know what sacrifices we’d be willing to make to survive. Ultimately, Blythe faces her debt to society and attempts to repay it with some good. Now, how perfect is that?
Reviewer: Alice Berger
Georgia Brown loves her man, Marvin, and she wants him to succeed in stand-up comedy. Although she’s forced to be the main breadwinner of their family of four, she does what she can to help him live his dream. But what she doesn’t realize is success often comes with a price.
Marvelous Marvin finally makes it, landing a lucrative position with the 102 Hitz morning show. His humorous style is a huge hit, but most of his jokes are aimed at his sweet wife. Poking fun at everything from her weight to their lovemaking, he will stop at nothing in humiliating her.
Living with Marvin’s big ego isn’t all Georgia has to contend with. She’s also forced to accept his illegitimate daughter when the girl’s mother dumps her with Georgia. And Marvin isn’t being true to his wife, and he doesn’t mind sharing his exploits with the world on his morning show.
When Sweet Georgia Brown is offered an opportunity to retaliate in her own morning show, she jumps at it. But she can’t help but be true to her own nature, no matter what the station is hoping she’ll do.
Readers will cheer for this wonderfully uplifting woman, who only wants those around her to be happy, but must finally choose her own happiness. She’s a great role model for any woman who finds herself in a situation where she’s being taken advantage of, and ultimately must say, “Enough!” Georgia finally has the courage to stand up for herself, and she does it in a positive and empowering manner. Way to go, Sweet Georgia Brown!
Reviewer: Alice Berger
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