Perfect Little World: A Novel

Written by:
Kevin Wilson
Narrated by:
Therese Plummer

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2017
12 hours 29 minutes
When Isabelle Poole meets Dr. Preston Grind, she's just about out of options. She recently graduated from high school and is pregnant with her art teacher's baby. Her mother is dead and her father is a drunk. The art teacher is too much of a head-case to help raise the child. Izzy knows she can be a good mother but without any money or prospects, she's left searching.

So when Dr. Grind offers her a space in The Infinite Family Project, she accepts. Housed in a spacious compound in Tennessee, she joins nine other couples, all with children the same age as her newborn son, to raise their children as one extended family. Grind's theory is that the more parental love a child receives, the better off they are.

This attempt at a utopian ideal-funded by an eccentric billionaire-starts off promising: Izzy enjoys the kids, reading to them and teaching them to cook. She even forms a bond with her son more meaningful than she ever expected. But soon the gentle equilibrium among the families is upset and it all starts to disintegrate: unspoken resentments between the couples begin to fester; the project's funding becomes tenuous; and Izzy's feelings for Dr. Grind, who is looking to expunge his own painful childhood, make her question her participation in this strange experiment in the first place.

Written with the same compassionate voice, disarming sense of humor, and quirky charm that made The Family Fang such a success, PERFECT LITTLE WORLD is a poignant look at how the best families are the ones we make for ourselves.
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Linda F

When I first started listening to this story, I felt myself becoming really depressed - and worried for Izzy - at the whole premise of the infinite family project. As the story unfolded, I was less depressed but always felt the “cons” outweighed the “pros.” It’s an interesting and challenging premise that makes this story quite unique. I felt that the relationship between the two main characters was not allowed to develop over the course of the story, except in a few hastily written scenes, and so it seemed to this reader to be almost a sudden and forced plot development toward the end. Thérèse Plummer works her magic, as always, giving each character a voice and personality - from the men to the women to the children. Love her narration!

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Kelsey W

I enjoyed reading the book, but I feel like the book skimmed the surface of the experience. There were a lot of missed opportunities where the relationships between the parents in the experiment could have been further hashed out, a more in depth exploration of the emotional and psychological toll the experiment took, or different point of views would have lead to a more well rounded understanding and more satisfying read. In the end, I liked it, but felt underwhelmed.

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