Michelle Ciccarelli’s ‘Perfection’ is an unflinching look at the realities of life with anorexia, with all of the frustration and bitterness that the condition’s obsessive thinking entails. Its narration is utterly realistic, believable, and does a marvellous job at simultaneously making us want to protect Shauna and yet empathising with her distrust of those attempting to treat her. A tightly woven tale.
This somewhat magical story is a sad, reflective look at loss, tangled with mental illness and how that can lead to such an obsession. The contrasted humour in Peter’s world-weary view, and of course his relationship with Harold the pigeon, only serves to accentuate the underlying tragedy of the story. A profoundly poignant piece of fiction.