Book Reviews of Perfidia

Author: Judith Rossner
ISBN-13: 9780385484275
ISBN-10: 0385484275
Publication Date: 9/8/1997
Pages: 320
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Book Type: Hardcover
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A book about a girl and her jealous, raging, promiscuous mother.
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Rossner, best known for Looking for Mr. Goodbar (LJ 6/15/75), focuses her attention here on a mother-daughter relationship; like most of Rossner's fictional relationships, it is not healthy. Madeline enjoys her mother, Anita's, love until a brother is born. Then as drugs, alcohol, and sex become increasingly important to Anita, Madeline becomes her mother's scapegoat, a despised child. Early on, we know the outcome will be horrific. Our apprehension, consequently, increases with every page. One of Rossner's trademarks is understatement; she recounts the most dreadful occurrences in a subdued, conversational tone?a tactic that makes the events even more offensive. In fact, if this were a movie, we would often hide our eyes. Rossner fans will be asking for this book.
-Dorothy S. Golden, Georgia Southern Univ., Statesboro
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This book is realistic, heartbreaking, by the author of Looking For Mr. Goodbar and August.