By Tina Jordan
June 10, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

Perfection

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When her husband Henry crashed to the floor, dead of a pulmonary embolism at 44, Julie Metz could barely cope with her grief. But that was nothing compared to the rage she felt months later, when she discovered Henry had been unfaithful throughout their marriage and was, at the time of his death, having an affair with a friend of hers — someone who had left a fruit salad in the Metz family refrigerator after the funeral. ”I couldn’t kill Henry, since he was, conveniently enough, dead,” she writes. So she confronts the women in Henry’s past instead. What she learns about herself in the process, not all of it pretty, forms the true heart of this gutsy memoir. B+

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