A Perfect Day

A Perfect Day

Large Print - 2004
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Laid off from his sales rep job, Robert Paul decides to pursue his dream of becoming a writer and unexpectedly pens a best seller, but when his new world compromises his marriage, he receives unexpected guidance from a stranger.

Publisher: [Waterville, ME] : Wheeler Pub., 2004
ISBN: 9781587245633
1587245639
Branch Call Number: LP F EVA
Characteristics: 357 p. (large print) ; 24 cm

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mandmom Dec 18, 2012

This is a telling of the classic rags to riches story with some interesting and heartfelt moments. I really enjoyed reading this book and shed a tear or two in the process. And even though there are spots that dwell on exposition, they do not detract from the story. I just skipped over those spots and continued on! I guess not all writers are immune to exposition!

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Oct 04, 2009

Robert Harlan is a middle-aged father and doting husband working in a mid-level management position. He is well-liked, enjoys moderate success, and finds his job as a tolerable means of providing for his family. When rumors of promotions pervade his workplace, Robert is pleasantly surprised to be summoned to his boss’s office. Once there, this aspiring writer learns that the purpose of the meeting is to review the terms of his termination.

This unexpected turn of events provides Robert with the means and opportunity to complete the novel he had always dreamed of completing. With the support and encouragement of his wife, he tackles the project, finishes the novel, sends it to a host of agents, and ponders a new future. The rejection letters pour in, but one literary agent takes a strong liking to his work and becomes confident of its success. Within a short period of time, his novel is polished and published, and Robert finds himself in the center of the unfamiliar and unrelenting publishing world.

A Perfect Day tracks the trials and tribulations of Robert’s book tour and the impact it has upon his personal and professional life. He travels around the country meeting with press and publicity agents, hosting book signings and readings, and working diligently to ensure the continued success of his work. The two competing story lines contrast the escalation of his writing career with the downward spiral of his marriage and personal relationships. While Robert succeeds in achieving his lifelong dream of writing a best-selling novel, he comes to the realization that his dream may have always included something well beyond critical writing acclaim. In the end, the most significant lesson he learns is that sometimes accurately defining a dream may be just as challenging as reaching it.

While at times A Perfect Day reads as a critical examination of what a first-time author can expect on a book tour, an unusual twist guarantees that the reader will take away much more than this rare and intriguing glimpse into the publishing world. The Perfect Day is a sweet warm tale about this aspiring writer’s road to self-discovery, and it offers universal life lessons that we should all be so lucky as to master.

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