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A perfect day

by Evans, Richard Paul.

Format: Book on MP3 Disc 2003
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Shaler North Hills Library Audiovisual CD EVA [B-O-CD] MP3
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
 
Collection  Audiovisual
 
Call Number  CD EVA [B-O-CD] MP3
 
 
Summary
Robert Harlan has three loves: his wife, his daughter, and his writing. But when his thirst for success causes him to lose focus on his happy family life, ambition begins to consume him. When a stranger appears with a mysterious message about the brevity of his future, he discovers the truth about himself: who he has become, what he has lost, and what it will take to find love again.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The author of The Christmas Box (1994) offers up another sweet tale about the importance of love and family. Robert Harlan isn't completely happy with his job selling radio advertising time, but he's hoping to get a promotion that will at least give him a sense of accomplishment. Robert is stunned when, instead of getting the promotion, he's summoned into his boss' office and fired. Robert agonizes over how he is going to provide for his wife, Allyson, and daughter, Carson. Allyson offers to get a job while Robert pursues his dream of finishing his novel. He takes her up on it, and when finished, sends it out to a slew of agents. The rejections start pouring in, and a dejected Robert goes to work for his brother's sprinkler company. And then an agent contacts Robert, certain she can sell his book. It ends up on the best-seller lists, and Robert is asked to appear on television and at celebrity functions. This doesn't sit too well with Allyson, who feels as though she's losing her husband to the fervor surrounding his book. Evans draws from his own knowledge of being catapulted into best-sellerdom in this moving tale of a man who finds success and then discovers that other things in his life may be more important. --Kristine Huntley Copyright 2003 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Almost 10 years ago, Evans's first novel, The Christmas Box, became an enormous bestseller, thrusting him into the international spotlight. In his present novel, good guy protagonist Robert Harlan writes a novel titled A Perfect Day, about his wife, Allyson, and her relationship with her beloved father. The book comes out to popular acclaim, rockets up the charts and thrusts Robert into a new life of fame and fortune. An extended book tour, constant interviews, the adulation of millions of women, and a greedy Hollywood agent soon begin to erode his perfect marriage to the patient, loving, beautiful Allyson. There have been other books about authors self-destructing after great success-Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk, to name a notable example-but it's a story that seems timeless, still able to enthrall readers. Evans freshens the material by bringing in a hipster angel with attitude ("Actually, angel folklore is the height of nonsense, right up there with the Easter Bunny") and some bad news for Robert: in 40 days he's going to die. Robert begins to see his life in a new light, realizing that his pre-fame love for his wife and daughter is what he has wanted all along. But is it too late? Robert learns man's purpose on earth ("It's about learning how to love") and returns to hearth and home, hoping Allyson will take him back before he dies. The inevitable twist is clever, the writing throughout assured, the sentiment unapologetic and the author confident that he knows just what his readers want and that he's the man to give it to them. (Sept. 29) Forecast: The similarities between the fictional author Robert Mason Harlan and the real life author Richard Paul Evans will strike the reader as more than coincidental and lend some buzz to the story. Author tour. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Separation (Psychology) -- Fiction.
Fiction -- Authorship -- Fiction.
Life change events -- Fiction.
Married people -- Fiction.
Novelists -- Fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher Hampton, NH :BBC Audiobooks America,2003
Edition Complete & unabridged, MP3 format.
Contributors La Graffe, David.
Participants/Performers Read by David La Graffe.
Language English
Notes This audiobook is encoded in MP3 format and will only play on CD players that are MP3 compatible.
Complete and unabridged.
"Sound Library MP3."
System Details System requirements: CD/MP3 player or PC with MP3-capable software.
Description 1 audio disc (7 hr., 38 min.) : digital, MP3 format ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 0792730801
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