|Plot Summary of A Perfect Day|
Dutton, Oct 2003
Robert Harlan loves his wife Allyson and their daughter, but detests his job as radio station sales representative. Instead he dreams of one day becoming a writer. When he loses his job, Allyson encourages him to write a book. He authors A PERFECT DAY that focuses in on the final days of the loving relationship between his spouse and her father, dying from cancer.
The book is a monster success and Robert becomes an instant celebrity. He goes on a book tour and is the idol of women wherever he goes. Soon Robert loses sight of what he cherishes most in the world as he is caught up in the glitter and the adulation. His marriage is near collapse when an angel warns Robert that he has forty days to live. Stunned by the revelation, Robert reassesses what is meaningful in his life is to love and be loved. This is what he once had and probably lost, but he plans to die trying to regain the respect and love of his cherished wife and daughter.
This is a delightful modern day cautionary tale focusing on not losing sight of what is important in life. Robert is a great lead protagonist as his metamorphosis from living family member to glamour outsider seems so real. The angel's hep rap may turn off some readers, but that adds to the overall effect. Richard Paul Evans provides a powerful tale with some sugar coating, but no one will come away dry.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of A Perfect Day|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- present (2000-2010)
Kind of romance:
- rekindling lost love/marriage
Life of a profession:
Family, caring for ill
Who is sick?
because he/she is
- physically ill
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
- mostly 3rd
- a lot of flashback and forwards
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
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