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Louise Albert (1928-) - Sidelights

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Louise Albert is the author of the novels But I'm Ready to Go and, more recently, Less than Perfect, the latter a story about a fifteen-year-old girl named Laura Gould, who is attempting to deal with her mother's diagnosis of breast cancer while also starting a new romantic relationship with a neighborhood boy. School Library Journal reviewer Roxanne Myers Spencer commented that in her story of how tragedy affects a well-to-do suburban New York family "Albert creates believable situations, and . . . portrays typical adolescent reactions realistically." While noting that the character of Laura did not seem altogether believable, Spencer went on to praise the novel for treating a serious family illness "candidly and sensitively." More impressed with the novel was a Publishers Weekly reviewer, who wrote of Less than Perfect that, "With great insight, the author develops Laura's fear and suppressed anger as her mother undergoes a mastectomy, and readers who have shared some of Laura's experiences are likeliest to appreciate Albert's knowing portrayal."

Albert once told Something about the Author: "I write out of my own experience and deep emotional needs. Although [I write] . . . fiction with characters In Louise Albert's 2003 novel fifteen-year-old Laura finds her emotions divided between concern over her mother's failing health and a young man who threatens to steal her heart. (Cover illustration by Greg Spalenka.) and events made up, . . . my imagination, so far, is fueled by the deepest and most tragic parts of my life. . . . Writing helps me, and I hope others, learn to accept and understand and go beyond these things in life."


Biographical and Critical Sources

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Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2003, review of Less than Perfect, p. 1267.

Publishers Weekly, December 15, 2003, review of Less than Perfect, p. 74.

School Library Journal, February, 2004, Roxanne Myers Spencer, review of Less than Perfect, p. 141.

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