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"The story of a marriage, loss, and remembrance with tales of growing up in central Massachusetts in the 1970s and 1980s. Told with deep emotion and a splash of bourbon."


-Robin Shtulman

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Close Enough to Perfect

a true story of love, grief, resilience & spirit

About the Author

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Christine Noyes

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You can’t always plan where life will take you.


That certainly proved true for Christine Noyes. Growing up a tomboy in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts,

she spent her youth building forts, playing sports and enjoying the perceived innocence of the 1960’s.

Without a clear vision of what her life should be, she went where she felt most comfortable: to the kitchen. At the age of eleven, she began her work life as a dishwasher in her grandfather's restaurant. She spent the next several decades reinventing herself, becoming an accomplished chef and then a sales representative, an entrepreneur, and eventually a writer and illustrator.

Chris never chose her professions. They chose her.

Few people say that going bowling changed their lives, but it did exactly that for Chris. She met the one person she never expected to meet, the man she calls her husband and soulmate, Al.

They moved to Orange, Massachusetts after marrying in 1989 where, after Al’s passing, Chris remains today with thirty years of wonderful memories to keep her company.

When not at her keyboard, she can be found in her kitchen: back to her roots and love of cooking.