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Book Review: “The Imperfects” by Amy Meyerson

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Thank you @parkrowbooks for my gifted copy of “The Imperfects” by Amy Meyerson! (pub date 5/5)

From the bestselling author of The Bookshop of Yesterdays comes a captivating new novel about a priceless inheritance that leads one family on a life-altering pursuit of the truth.

The Millers are far from perfect. Estranged siblings Beck, Ashley and Jake find themselves under one roof for the first time in years, forced to confront old resentments and betrayals, when their mysterious, eccentric matriarch, Helen, passes away. But their lives are about to change when they find a secret inheritance hidden among her possessions—the Florentine Diamond, a 137-carat yellow gemstone that went missing from the Austrian Empire a century ago.

Desperate to learn how one of the world’s most elusive diamonds ended up in Helen’s bedroom, they begin investigating her past only to realize how little they know about their brave, resilient grandmother. As the Millers race to determine whether they are the rightful heirs to the diamond and the fortune it promises, they uncover a past more tragic and powerful than they ever could have imagined, forever changing their connection to their heritage and each other.

Inspired by the true story of the real, still-missing Florentine Diamond, “The Imperfects” illuminates the sacrifices we make for family and how sometimes discovering the truth of the past is the only way to better the future.


“A page-turning family saga, this book will entertain readers of all generations.” —Good Morning America

“Compassionate, thoughtful, and surprisingly moving… [The Imperfects] will satisfy fans of Maggie Shipstead and Celeste Ng.” —Booklist

The title of the book sums up the main characters perfectly! “The Imperfects” is a complex, multi-layered novel about dysfunctional family relationships, namely siblings, with some romance, humor, & mystery laced in as well. Multi-generational & fun to read, it is well-crafted, heartwarming, profound, & utterly spellbinding, with flawed characters you will love getting to know. And a 137-carat diamond?? What the what?!?

Look for “The Imperfects‘ at your local bookseller & be sure to check out Amy’s last novel, “The Bookshop of Yesterdays“, another wonderful book! You can find these books locally at an independent bookseller by using BookStoreLink. Simply type in the title of any book (or the author), & your state, & it will pull up all the indie bookstores near you. Many have ecommerce platforms to order from, too.

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Editorial reviews:

“[A] cracking tale… Meyerson makes the family arguments deliciously realistic, and her gradual uncovering of the heirloom’s secrets will keep readers turning the pages. This well-spun tale is a charming reminder that familial reconciliation can be worth a fortune.” —Publishers Weekly, A Summer Reads 2020 Pick

“Delicious, compulsively readable… Both a gripping mystery and a family tale of imperfect people… Large gemstones have a certain magic of their own, and Meyerson expertly captures that fascination, in her wonderful tracing of the origin of the secret brooch. I read this book morning and night until it was done, unable to break free of its spell. A sheer delight.” —Janet Fitch, bestselling author of White OleanderThe Revolution of Marina M., and Chimes of a Lost Cathedral

“Amy Meyerson has created a captivating story about a hilariously dysfunctional family that comes into a shocking inheritance—a world-famous, priceless 137-carat diamond. Part expertly-plotted historical mystery, part tender family drama, and part juicy international caper, The Imperfects has it all. An absolute pleasure to read, guaranteed to have readers turning the pages late into the night.” —Angie Kim, bestselling author of Miracle Creek

“The matriarch of a perfectly imperfect family bequeaths them the perfect diamond—but is it a family heirloom or stolen treasure? In this clever, meticulously plotted tale of secrets, family dynamics, and resilience, Amy Meyerson takes readers on a what-if journey filled with equal parts history, tenderness, and intrigue.” —Cynthia Swanson, New York Times bestselling author of The Bookseller and The Glass Forest

The Imperfects is many things, all of them wonderful: a tale of the calamity and change of the twentieth century; a finely observed character study that focuses on the deliciously memorable Miller family; and a true page-turner that enthralled me from the start. It’s also a work of grace, sensitivity, and perfectly observed attention to detail… Certain to delight and entrance its readers.” —Jennifer Robson, bestselling author of The Gown

“The author portrays complex relationships with insight and finesse… [An] entertaining multigenerational saga about sacrifice, self-reliance, and what it means to be family.” —Kirkus Reviews

The Imperfects by Amy Meyerson is an addictive and beautifully written novel about siblings, family secrets and the unraveling of the real historical mystery of the Florentine diamond. Each one of the Miller’s well-drawn stories and their search to uncover their matriarch’s past, her narrow escape from the Holocaust and her connection to the Florentine diamond, kept me quickly turning the pages. I absolutely devoured this novel—a riveting family saga with the pace of a thriller.” —Jillian Cantor, bestselling author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time

“Helen Auerbach must have stolen the Florentine Diamond. Why else would an ordinary woman have kept the long-lost gem, once the property of Austrian royalty, hidden for so long? When Helen dies, her family must put their differences aside if they want to have any hope of holding on to this unexpected inheritance and, more importantly, unraveling the mystery of Helen’s past and clearing the matriarch’s name. Amy Meyerson’s second novel The Imperfects is a book that shines as brightly as the jewel at the center of its tale and will leave readers wondering what mysteries might be hidden in their own pasts, waiting to be revealed.” —Meghan MacLean Weir, author of The Book of Essie

“Compelling… Readers who enjoy realistically drawn characters, family dynamics, and the power of history will appreciate this novel.” —Library Journal

“Compassionate, thoughtful, and surprisingly moving, this dysfunctional family saga will satisfy fans of Maggie Shipstead and Celeste Ng.” —Booklist

“In this absorbing historically based drama, an American family must prove its rightful ownership of an inherited diamond that’s been missing from the Austrian crown jewels for more than a century.” Shelf Awareness

“The Bookshop of Yesterdays” (pub 6/18, ParkRow Books)
A woman inherits a beloved bookstore and sets forth on a journey of self-discovery in this poignant debut about family, forgiveness and a love of reading.

Miranda Brooks grew up in the stacks of her eccentric Uncle Billy’s bookstore, solving the inventive scavenger hunts he created just for her. But on Miranda’s twelfth birthday, Billy has a mysterious falling-out with her mother and suddenly disappears from Miranda’s life. She doesn’t hear from him again until sixteen years later when she receives unexpected news: Billy has died and left her Prospero Books, which is teetering on bankruptcy—and one final scavenger hunt. 

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