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Family Happiness

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14th November 2024

Price: £9.99

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781474615952

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From the acclaimed author of Happy All the Time comes a heartfelt novel about a midlife crisis and a woman tired of being taken for granted – and a reminder that family, like happiness, can take many forms

To the rest of the world, Polly Solo-Miller Demarest lives a charmed life.

She has a beautiful home, a dashing lawyer husband, and two delightful children. But beneath this idyllic surface, the pressure of being the ‘perfect flower’ of an illustrious family – and a stable, always-available wife, mother, and daughter – are getting to her. The spark has gone out of her marriage, and to her own surprise, she’s having an affair. What follows is at once cathartic and provoking, and both may be necessary states in order for Polly to become the kind of person she wants to be.

A W&N Essential

Reviews

Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times Book Review
Colwin writes with such sunny skill, and such tireless enthusiasm . . . One reads with fascination the steps by which lovers in one story after another stumble upon their forthright declarations
Emma Straub
An infallible recipe for happiness: read as much Laurie Colwin as you can
The New Yorker
A writer whose rare gift it was to evoke contentment, satisfaction, and affection
Washington Post
Utterly delightful . . . Sophisticated, funny, knowing,clear-eyed . . . and entirely affecting
Entertainment Weekly
Colwin wrings magic from ordinary lives