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Jessica Barksdale Inclán's debut novel Her Daughter's Eyes, published in 2001, was the premier novel published under New American Library's new imprint Accent. Her Daughter's Eyes was a final nominee for the YALSA Award for the best books of 2001 and best paperbacks for 2001 and has been published in both Dutch and Spanish. Her next novel The Matter of Grace was published in May 2002. Her third, When You Go Away, came out April 1, 2003. Her fourth, One Small Thing, was published April 2004, and was translated into in Dutch and Spanish. Walking With Her Daughter, was published in April 2005, and her sixth, The Instant When Everything is Perfect in February 2006. Starting in June 2006, she published the first in a trilogy from Kensington Books, When You Believe. Reason to Believe, and Believe in Me. Her next trilogy began with Being With Him and Intimate Beings. The final book in the trilogy--The Beautiful Being--came out in October 2010. She is a 2002 recipient of the CAC Artist’s Fellowship in Literature. Inclán teaches composition, creative writing, mythology, and women’s literature at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, and on-line and on-land creative writing courses for UCLA extension. She has studied with Sharon Olds, Anne Lamott, Kate Braverman, Grace Paley, Marjorie Sandor, and Cristina Garcia. Her short stories and poems have appeared in Rockhurst Review, Hotwired, The Salt Hill Journal, Free Lunch, The West Wind Review, The Prairie Star, Gargoyle and many other journals and newspapers. Her short story Open Eyes was given first prize by Sandra Cisneros for El Andar magazine's 2000 writing contest. She co-edited a women’s literature/studies textbook Diverse Voices of Women (Mayfield Publishing, 1995). Ms. Inclán has degrees in sociology and English literature from CSU Stanislaus and a Master’s degree in English literature from SFSU. Ms. Inclán lives in Oakland, California and is currently at work on a contemporary novel and a book of essays and another romance.
on Nov. 17, 2010 :
This book was well written and easy to follow. It addressed many issues with style and a bit of imagination. My only problem with the book is I cannot relate. I am a 30 year old man with a 13 year marriage and two young children, because of this I don't believe the book was written with me in mind. I believe this book is better suited for women who may hate the central character but will be able to relate.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Nov. 06, 2010 :
The Perfect Lover is a well written book. It follows one woman's search for happiness. In her search for happiness, Roya created relationships with people to try to figure out what was missing in her life. She did this without the thought of coneqences. I often found myself wanting to smack her, because of her selfishness. Despite not liking the main character, Roya, I found myself sucked into the story. I couldn't put the book down; I had to know if Roya found her happiness and at what cost. Roya may not have been likable, but she had personality and that is sign of a well written book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)