Thursday, November 14 at 2 p.m.
In 1972 two seconds are added to time. Because “time was out of kilter with the natural movement of the Earth,” twelve-year-old Byron Hemming is terrified of what this may mean. It seems only Byron and his friend James take the issue of the added time seriously. But it is on the way to school in the English countryside, along with Byron’s mother Diana where those two seconds become life-changing. An accident occurs – or does it? Byron is sure it happened, but Diana, sitting right next to him in the car, has no reaction to it. Were those two extra seconds to blame? Can what follows ever be set right? In Perfect: A Novel (forthcoming in January 2014), bestselling author Rachel Joyce delivers an exquisite and emotionally resonant novel about the search for the truth and unconditional love.
About the Author
Rachel Joyce is the author of the international bestseller The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. She is also the award-winning writer of more than twenty plays for BBC Radio 4. She started writing after a twenty-year acting career, in which she performed leading roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company and won multiple awards. Rachel Joyce lives with her family on a Gloucestershire farm.