Fiction by Rachel Joyce.
I have read one book by this author I liked a lot, and one that was just meh, so I decided to try a third novel she wrote.
Perfect was not like the other two books --The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye, and The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennesey-- not least because of the brevity of the the title. This was not an uplifting, heart-warming story; the plot revolved around two little boys with extreme anxiety problems and rather dysfunctional families, and then one of the boys as an anxious and dysfunctional grown-up.
The characters and story were still good, but it was just so upsettingly SAD to me that I couldn't enjoy this novel.