Perfect Tunes

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Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
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5.7 X 8.1 X 1.2 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author
Emily Gould is the author of And the Heart Says Whatever and the co-owner, with Ruth Curry, of a feminist publishing startup, Emily Books, which sells new and backlist titles via a subscription model. She has written extensively for many publications, including The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, MIT's Technology Review, Poetry, the London Review of Books, n+1, The Guardian, The Economist, Slate, and Jezebel, and was an editor at Gawker in 2008. She is best known as a blogger, having maintained a popular online presence since 2005 at Emily Magazine. She lives in New York.
"[A] poignant story about the hard and intangibly enriching work of motherhood. . . . Anyone familiar with Gould's work will be unsurprised by her keen eye. . . . The pleasure of this book is in Gould's astute details about everything from a hangover (which made Laura's head feel like a "black banana") to relationships. . . . Her writing is observant and unfussy, and she has a knack for addressing serious subjects, such as the hardships of parenting and the darkness of depression, while keeping things light."
--Emily Bobrow, The Washington Post

"What has remained consistent throughout Gould's career is her ability to understand, amplify, and explore the essence of a moment, in turn offering her readers the opportunity to better understand the exigencies of life, those weird after-effects that ripple out from a major catastrophe. Perfect Tunes has many of those big before-and-after moments and many of those rippling after-effects; it shows the ways in which we are all, always, having to reimagine the story of our lives. . . . Through it all, Gould's insights into what makes up the sometimes barely perceptible beats of our lives are sensitive and spot-on."
--Kristin Iversen, Refinery29

"Perfect Tunes is a cautionary tale about a lesser-discussed form of intergenerational trauma. . . . Gould, in the end, is not suggesting that oft-told myth that motherhood makes artistic life impossible; she is showing, through Laura and Marie's relationship, how unexpressed creativity can become as painful to carry as unpumped breast milk."
--Lindsay Zoladz, Bookforum

"Perfect Tunes is an intoxicating blend of music, love, and family from one of the essential writers of the internet generation. From the obsessive spark of first love to the complexities of mother-daughter relationships, Emily Gould captures life's ups, downs, and in-betweens with wisdom and wry humor, giving us one of the great New York coming-of-age stories."
--Stephanie Danler

"Perfect Tunes is mind-blowing. I have yet to read any text longer than like one page by Emily Gould in which she doesn't articulate something I often thought, or felt, but never previously articulated or acknowledged. She is brilliant and fearless. Her take on mothers and daughters, and daughters' boyfriends, and daughters' boyfriends' mothers, and daughters' daughters boyfriends, is full of unspeakable insights, or at least I thought they were unspeakable, but there they are. Now I want everyone I know to read this book and talk about it with me."
--Elif Batuman

"Perfect Tunes is a zippy and profound story of love, loss, heredity, and parenthood. I gulped it down, as will all mothers, New Yorkers, music fans, and lovers of quick-moving novels that are both funny and deep. I loved every page."
--Emma Straub

"Sharply observant . . . Gould's portrait of a would-be artist as a young woman offers fresh, poignant insights into the challenges faced by the city's transplanted dreamers."
--Publishers Weekly

"Gould's strength lies in her powers of observation, her ability to wrap words around a specific time and a place in the lives of these particular women. . . . Laura's and Marie's voices each stand out for their honesty and poignancy." --BookPage