The Perfect Sonya

978-0-87565-284-9 Paperback
6 x 9 x 0 in
250 pp.
Pub Date: 04/05/2004
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Texas Institute of Letters Jesse Jones Award for the Best Novel, 1987
Actress Pauline Terry is so successful in a performance of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya that one critic calls her “the perfect Sonya.” But her life is not what she expected when she left Texas for Broadway. She swims in a fish tank in a New Jersey bar to make a living, most auditions do not result in callbacks, and her marriage is shaky.

Called home by her father’s imminent death, she confronts both the past she thought she’d left behind and her uncertain future. For solace she turns to her aunt’s former husband, Will Hand, a professor and nature writer. But their affair is brief and leaves her more uncertain than ever.

Back in New York, Pauline realizes that her life onstage cannot make up for the emptiness of her life offstage. Her return to Texas was a transforming experience, leading her ultimately to come to terms with her childhood memories, her marriage, her dramatic ambitions, and finally, herself.

The Perfect Sonya, first published in 1987 by Viking Penguin, won the Jesse Jones Award for the Best Novel of 1987 from the Texas Institute of Letters.

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