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The Perfectionists

(1970)
A novel by

 
 
Dane is an American magazine journalist, and John, a British psychotherapist. He says he knows everything about her, how she thinks, what she wants from life. Under the force of his certainty, Dane marries John and takes up the care of his silent three-year-old son, Robin.

They go on vacation to Majorca to try to become a family, but ten months into their marriage Dane finds herself growing more and more distant from John, impatient with his endless analysis of their relationship, and repulsed by his clumsy attempts at understanding. As ever, Robin's silence hangs constantly between them, a symbol of pure anger and hate. As the two weeks stretch on forever, Dane grows closer to a decision she can't quite make, and Robin sits silently in the middle, a reminder to her of all she cannot control....

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Engrossing and mysterious... A perfectly structured story, with characters that are recognizably human and with whom one can 'identify'." - Joyce Carol Oates


Used availability for Gail Godwin's The Perfectionists

Hardback Editions

July 1971 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Perfectionists
Author(s): Gail Godwin
ISBN: 0-224-00531-6 / 978-0-224-00531-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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Paperback Editions

January 1996 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Perfectionists: A Novel
Author(s): Gail Godwin
ISBN: 0-345-39269-8 / 978-0-345-39269-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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February 1987 : UK Paperback

Title: The Perfectionists (Pavanne Books)
Author(s): Gail Godwin
ISBN: 0-330-29560-8 / 978-0-330-29560-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan Books
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October 1985 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Perfectionists (Contemporary American Fiction)
Author(s): Gail Godwin
ISBN: 0-14-008388-X / 978-0-14-008388-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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1979 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Perfectionists
Author(s): Gail Godwin
ISBN: 0-446-92207-2 / 978-0-446-92207-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Warner
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