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My Perfect Wife, Her Perfect Son reimagines the Holy Family’s story through the very human voice of Joseph. Mary’s pregnancy only begins his troubles. He has to navigate the unreasonable dictates of a disheveled, wise-cracking Angel Shlomo, Mary’s surprising insistence that she remain a “Blessed Ever Virgin,” pushy in-laws, Roman contractors, Jesus’s crazy cousin John, and the allure of the harlot Safiya, just a few of the challenges for an imperfect man assigned to become a role model for the son of God.
About the Author
Joe Benevento, grandson of southern Italian immigrants, grew up in a working class neighborhood in Queens, the fifth of seven children. His particular interest in Saint Joseph traces back to his childhood and the importance attached to his “name day,” March 19th, which featured an Italian-American parade in New York City and special “St. Joseph Day pastries” in all the Italian bakeries.
"This is a fun and thought-provoking novel. Joe Benevento not only possesses an unbounded imagination, he also, even better, knows how to spin a helluva yarn." —Mark Wish, Founding Editor, Coolest American Stories
"Benevento has given his readers a unique gift, to flesh out this eminent narrative with deeply moving characterizations, beautifully subtle and skilled prose, and attention to detail." —Kate Kort, author of Glass and Laika
About The Monsignor's Wife (author's previous work): "...double and triple layers of meaning, a gritty and authentic Queens setting, a wonderfully diverse supporting ensemble,"—Carol Goodman, Hammett award winning mystery writer
"Absolutely riveting. It takes a rare skill to infuse new life and energy into characters so well known. I was hooked to MY PERFECT WIFE, HER PERFECT SON from beginning to end." —Prajwal Parajuly, author of The Gurkha's Daughter and Land Where I Flee
"Part carefully researched historical fiction, part comedic departure, My Perfect Wife, Her Perfect Son delightfully takes on the story of Jesus's birth and upbringing." —Joe Baumann, author of Sing to Me at the Edge of Paradise
"My Perfect Wife, Her Perfect Son is a well-crafted novel that will appeal to readers interested in exploring the human side of the Holy Family's story. It is an engaging and thought-provoking read that will leave readers with a greater appreciation for the courage and sacrifice of Mary and Joseph. Highly recommended." —Deviant Quill Reviews
"Original, fun, funny, and a masterfully crafted work of satire, My Perfect Wife, Her Perfect Son is one of those novels that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf."—Midwest Book Review