A Perfect Day

A Perfect Day

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Penguin Putnam
One of the world's most beloved authors returns with the story of a man who found everything he thought he was missing in the family he already had.

Robert Harlan has three loves in his life: his wife, Allyson, his daughter, Carson, and his writing. As a sales rep for a small radio station, he has hopes of one day leaving it all behind for a successful writing career. When he is unexpectedly laid off from his job, Allyson encourages him to pursue his dream of writing. He writes a novel entitled A Perfect Day, based on the last few months Allyson and her father spent together as he died of cancer.

The story becomes a huge success and Robert finds himself swept into a new world far from his wife and home. In time Robert loses track of the things he loves most...until he meets a stranger who begins telling him intimate details about his past, his present and, most important, the brevity of his future. Thinking that he has just months to live, Robert begins to discover the truth about himself; who he has become, what he has lost and what it will take to find love again.

A Perfect Day is a novel of love and awakening from one of the world's most beloved storytellers.

Baker & Taylor
Laid off from his sales rep job, Robert Paul decides to pursue his dream of becoming a writer and unexpectedly pens a best seller, but when his new world compromises his marriage, he receives unexpected guidance from a stranger.

& Taylor

Laid off from his sales rep job, Robert Paul decides to pursue his dream of becoming a writer and unexpectedly pens a best seller, but when his new world compromises his marriage, he receives unexpected guidance from a stranger who has an uncanny knowledge about his life and future. By the author of The Last Promise. 400,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Dutton, 2003
ISBN: 9780525947653
Branch Call Number: FICTION EVANS
Characteristics: 273 p. ; 22 cm


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Aug 28, 2018

Robert Harlan only loves three things in his life. His wife, Allyson, his daughter, Carson and his writing. Robert Harlan looks forward to the day that he is a successful author. Today, he is a sales rep for a radio station looking to get a promotion. But when he gets fired, his wife tells him to try publishing his book, A Perfect Day. At first, he gets a handful of rejections but then one company accepts him. Suddenly, Robert is flying all over the world to bookstores and sleeping in rich hotels. Allyson and Carson miss him each day as they lose touch from Robert. All Carson can think about is the day that her Daddy will come home. When Robert meets a stranger that helps put his life into perspective, Robert rushes home and tries to make things right again, but there is only so much you can change. This was an amazing book! It was my first time reading a book written by Richard Paul Evans, but it will not be my last. I loved his style of writing and how much thought was put into this book. This is an adult book but I would recommend this book to anyone ages thirteen and older. Rating- 5/5 stars. -@readit12 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Feb 04, 2018

Another thoughtful book by this popular author - always make you think about your life and others in it.

mandmom Dec 18, 2012

This is a telling of the classic rags to riches story with some interesting and heartfelt moments. I really enjoyed reading this book and shed a tear or two in the process. And even though there are spots that dwell on exposition, they do not detract from the story. I just skipped over those spots and continued on! I guess not all writers are immune to exposition!


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Oct 04, 2009

Robert Harlan is a middle-aged father and doting husband working in a mid-level management position. He is well-liked, enjoys moderate success, and finds his job as a tolerable means of providing for his family. When rumors of promotions pervade his workplace, Robert is pleasantly surprised to be summoned to his boss’s office. Once there, this aspiring writer learns that the purpose of the meeting is to review the terms of his termination.

This unexpected turn of events provides Robert with the means and opportunity to complete the novel he had always dreamed of completing. With the support and encouragement of his wife, he tackles the project, finishes the novel, sends it to a host of agents, and ponders a new future. The rejection letters pour in, but one literary agent takes a strong liking to his work and becomes confident of its success. Within a short period of time, his novel is polished and published, and Robert finds himself in the center of the unfamiliar and unrelenting publishing world.

A Perfect Day tracks the trials and tribulations of Robert’s book tour and the impact it has upon his personal and professional life. He travels around the country meeting with press and publicity agents, hosting book signings and readings, and working diligently to ensure the continued success of his work. The two competing story lines contrast the escalation of his writing career with the downward spiral of his marriage and personal relationships. While Robert succeeds in achieving his lifelong dream of writing a best-selling novel, he comes to the realization that his dream may have always included something well beyond critical writing acclaim. In the end, the most significant lesson he learns is that sometimes accurately defining a dream may be just as challenging as reaching it.

While at times A Perfect Day reads as a critical examination of what a first-time author can expect on a book tour, an unusual twist guarantees that the reader will take away much more than this rare and intriguing glimpse into the publishing world. The Perfect Day is a sweet warm tale about this aspiring writer’s road to self-discovery, and it offers universal life lessons that we should all be so lucky as to master.


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