The Sad Truth About Happiness: A Novel

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The Sad Truth About Happiness: A Novel

Format:  Paperback,

278 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Aug 2006

ISBN-13: 9780060741778

ISBN-10: 0060741775

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Aug 2006
ISBN-13: 9780060741778
ISBN-10: 0060741775
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 278
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.6
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.0 x 0.75

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Review by Library Journal (2005-04-15)

Maggie Selgrin has always been known in her family as "the contented one"-ever practical and steady, in contrast to her mercurial sisters. She is in her early thirties, works as a mammogram technician (why did she ever consider that graduate degree in literature?), and lives in a Vancouver apartment with Rebecca, a magazine quiz and questionnaire designer. The latest quiz-"When Will You Die?"-startles Maggie by indicating that she has only a few months to live.

Surely it's a mistake. A bout of insomnia, spiritual crisis, and the simultaneous appearance of three suitors send Maggie's life into turmoil that gets even worse when she kidnaps her newborn nephew, ostensibly to save him from a brewing international custody battle. With her acute sense of sickness, pain, and death, Maggie has a lot to learn about happiness. This first novel may remind us of works by the author's mother, Carol Shields, in its sensitive handling of rich characters and domestic detail. A touching and satisfying read; recommended for all public libraries.

-Jenn B. Stidham, Houston Community Coll.

-Northeast, TX

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Book description

A beautiful and affecting novel -- bittersweet and comic -- on the elusive nature of happiness

Maggie is in her early thirties, gainfully employed, between relationships, and ready for a change. But when she takes a quiz in a magazine that promises to predict the date of a person's death, she's shocked to learn she's going to die before her next birthday unless she can somehow discover contentment in life. What ensues is a quirky and satisfying journey in pursuit of true happiness, a quest that leads to unexpected joys and perceptions.

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