There Goes Perfect (Preorder)
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On a sunny June morning, Friday the 13th, 2008 Monica Holloway believed she was a forty-five year old woman in a loving, stable marriage, devoted to her husband and their autistic son. But in the midst of making French toast for her son, Holloway had a heart attack. When she opened her eyes, lying on her kitchen floor, she realized that her husband was not leaning down, holding her head, telling her she was going to be all right.
Holloway’s heart attack opens her eyes to her broken marriage. She unearths her husband’s history of infidelity—the bars he frequented to pick up women, and the illicit affair that brings the marriage to its knees. Holloway is forced to acknowledge that her childhood home, filled with secrets, lies, and sexual deviances, was not left behind in 1980s Ohio. She had married it, and it was making her sick.
Holloway didn’t have much hope for her marriage, but she knew she had to stare down her past, her present, and as much of her future as possible. She and her husband separate and for six years they keep things real—which is to say, raw, ugly, messy. They each do intensive work on themselves and they also continue to raise their son together. Six years later, transformed, they slowly begin to fall in love again. Life is messy, and sometimes unbearably difficult, but “diving into the mess” is exactly what heals us.
There Goes Perfect is an achingly candid and deeply compelling memoir about love and marriage, betrayal and trust, and taking on that increasingly rare mission of saving a marriage.
Monica Holloway has written two critically acclaimed books: Driving With Dead People (Simon & Schuster 2007), her childhood memoir described by Newsweek as “grimily hilarious,” and by the Washington Post as “irresistible;” and Cowboy & Wills (Simon & Schuster 2009), the story of her sweet, uniquely funny autistic son, Wills, and his remarkable golden retriever puppy, Cowboy, who coaxes Wills into the world. Holloway lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Michael, co-executive producer of The Simpsons, and her son, Wills.