Sunday, October 11, 2009

Book Blog Tour of In A Perfect World by Laura Kasischke

Welcome! We're kicking off the TLC Book Tour of In A Perfect World by Laura Kasischke here at Starting Fresh.

Set sometime in the near future but in a world ravaged by an epidemic of the deadly Phoenix flu, In A Perfect World is a close look at the demands and sacrifices of love.

Thirty-two-year-old Jiselle is ready to be swept off her feet by the dashing Captain Mark Dorn and shrugs off her mother's warnings. It didn't matter to Jiselle that she'd only known Mark for a few months and that she would be inheriting a ready-built family. Captain Dorn is universally regarded as a catch and the other flight attendants are jealous. After handling the tantrums of drunken passengers during transatlantic flights, the prospect of spending time with three children in a quiet New York town strikes Jiselle as a peaceful and positive change . So, Jiselle succumbs to the romance and trades in her flight attendant's wings for motherhood and married life. Then the Phoenix flu spreads into Jiselle's world, and alters it forever.

Kasischke takes complex and believable characters and drops them into an apocalyptic future. The effect is a suspense novel that holds all the emotional layers of a rich family drama.

I expected to be frustrated by Jiselle's naivete, but she proved to be such a sympathetic character. I was charmed by her kindness and thoroughly enjoyed Kasischke's approach to storytelling. In A Perfect World is an absorbing and satisfying read - I strongly recommend it!

Publisher: Harper Perennial (October 6, 2009), 336 pages.
Review copy provided by TLC Book Tours and the publisher.

About the Author, courtesy of the publisher:
Laura Kasischke teaches in the University of Michigan MFA program and the Residential College. She has published seven collections of poetry and seven novels. She lives with her family in Chelsea, Michigan.

If you'd like to meet Laura Kasischke or learn more about the book, check out Laura Kasischke's Book Tour Stops:

Participating Bookstores
Oct. 8 - Ann Arbor, MI at Nicola's Books
Oct. 14 - Birmingham, MI at Borders
Oct. 15 - Novi, MI at Borders
Oct. 21 - Milwaukee, WI at Next Chapter Bookshop
Oct. 22 - Minneapolis, MN at Magers & Quinn
Oct. 27 - St. Joseph, MI at Forever Books
Oct. 29 - Chicago, IL at Book Cellar
Nov. 3 - Ann Arbor, MI at Borders

Participating Blogs:
October 12th – Starting Fresh
October 14th – BookNAround

October 15th – Book Club Classics!

October 19th – A Reader’s Respite

October 23rd – The Book Nest
October 26th – Galleysmith

October 29th – A High and Hidden Place

November 2nd – Word Lily

November 3rd – Books on the Brain

November 5th – Write Meg

Thanks so much to Laura Kasischke, Trish and TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to participate in this book blog tour!

1 comment:

  1. This sounds really good. Thanks for your review. I am going to add this one to my list. I seem to be enjoying these apocalyptic books lately.