‘Perfect Tunes’ by Emily Gould: A beautiful book describing the extraordinary journey of Laura

Want to take a closer look at the life of a woman? Want to see the hardships and endless sacrifices of a mother? Want to know what she gave up for you?

Perfect Tunes brings you the journey of Laura through the crests and troughs of her discord life. A blend of music, humor, pain, sacrifices, and aspirations of a teenager turned single-mother of a girl child.

The story begins with the early days of Laura’s life when she had just arrived in New York’s East Village. With the dream of recording her first album in her starry-eyes. Having a passion for music and a talent for songwriting, Laura begins booking concerts with her best friend. It is during this time of her life that she meets with a troubled musician and falls head-over-heels for the guy. With both of them striving for their careers, their love life is short-lived.

Although she had a short-lived love life, the effects of it lasted a lifetime.

The book leaps 15 years, where we find Laura’s teenage daughter, Marie, who lives with her mother in Brooklyn after Laura puts a painful end to her life in Ohio. Marie questions her mother about her father that she doesn’t want to entertain.

But it seems Laura’s share of pain continues throughout as none of her dear ones now supports her in her long-lost dreams of becoming a songwriter and recording her first album. What’s more painful than aspiring to pursue your dreams without the support of your loved ones? 

Wise and heart-rending, Perfect Tunes brings out the faults in our lives and relationships that define the true meaning of our purpose in life. It questions us whether we can thrive to reclaim our dreams that got buried in the responsibilities and adversities of our life.

Praises gained by the book:

Perfect Tunes is an intoxicating blend of music, love, and family from one of the essential writers of the internet generation.” —STEPHANIE DANLER

Perfect Tunes is a zippy and profound story of love, loss, heredity, and par­enthood. I gulped it down, as will all mothers, New Yorkers, music fans, and lovers of quick-moving novels that are both funny and deep. I loved every page.” —EMMA STRAUB

Perfect Tunes is mind-blowing….Full of unspeakable insights, or at least I thought they were unspeakable, but there they are. Now I want everyone I know to read this book and talk about it with me.” —ELIF BATUMAN