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When Isabelle Poole meets Dr. Preston Grind, she's just about out of options. She recently graduated from high school and is pregnant with her art teacher's baby. Her mother is dead, and her father is a drunk. The art teacher is too much of a head case to help raise the child. Izzy knows she can be a good mother, but without any money or prospects she's left searching.

So when Dr. Grind offers her a space in The Infinite Family Project, she accepts. Housed in a spacious compound in Tennessee, she joins nine other couples, all with children the same age as her newborn son, to raise their children as one extended family. Grind's theory is that the more parental love children receive, the better off they are.

This attempt at a utopian ideal - funded by an eccentric billionaire - starts off promising: Izzy enjoys the kids, reading to them, and teaching them to cook. She even forms a bond with her son more meaningful than she ever expected. But soon the gentle equilibrium among the families is upset, and it all starts to disintegrate: unspoken resentments between the couples begin to fester; the project's funding becomes tenuous; and Izzy's feelings for Dr. Grind, who is looking to expunge his own painful childhood, make her question her participation in this strange experiment in the first place.

Written with the same compassionate voice, disarming sense of humor, and quirky charm that made The Family Fang such a success, Perfect Little World is a poignant look at how the best families are the ones we make for ourselves.

©2017 Kevin Wilson (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Not as good as The Family Fang but still worth...

...reading. Wilson delivers another interesting take on what family means. I hadn't planned to read this book--didn't think it sounded that interesting--but when I realized it was by the author of The Family Fang (one of the most tragic yet funny books I've read), I had to buy it. As stated, not as good as TFF, but I never lost interest in the story or the characters, all of whom were interesting in their own ways.

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  • Stacy
  • Baton Rouge, LA, United States
  • 04-18-17

Interesting but not filled out enough

I did enjoy the audiobook but...

A)The narrator had a strange quality to the way she read. It felt super intense at times even when nothing intense was happening. It wasn't bad enough to ruin the experience. Just strange.
B)As a sociology/psychology major, I found it interesting but parts of the book dragged and other parts felt rushed. The end came too quickly and finished up too neatly. Overall not bad though.

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epilogue missing!

the book is great but the ending feeling lacking. . . Probably because the epilogue that ties everything up is missing.

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Gave me nightmares

What disappointed you about Perfect Little World?

Story was very predictable and didn't reveal outcomes of the children.

What could Kevin Wilson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Tell me about the children 5 and 10 years later.

Which character – as performed by Therese Plummer – was your favorite?

Izzy

2 of 4 people found this review helpful