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I Married You for Happiness

Fiction: Literary Fiction
Unabridged   5.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 09/20/2011

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A National Post Best of 2011 Pick

I Married You for Happiness

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Audio CD ISBN:9781611746198
Digital Download ISBN:9781611746204


In her first novel since winning the National Book Award, Lily Tuck delivers an elegant tour-de-force portrait of a forty-three-year marriage.
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Product Description

Slender, potent, and utterly engaging, I Married You For Happiness combines marriage, mathematics, and the probability of an afterlife to create Lily Tuck's most affecting and riveting book yet.

“His hand is growing cold, still she holds it” is how this novel that tells the story of a marriage begins. The tale unfolds over a single night as Nina sits at the bedside of her husband, Philip, whose sudden and unexpected death is the reason for her lonely vigil. Still too shocked to grieve, she lets herself remember the defining moments of their long union, beginning with their meeting in Paris. She is an artist, he a highly accomplished mathematician: a collision of two different worlds that merged to form an intricate and passionate love. As we move through select memories—real and imagined—Tuck reveals the most private intimacies, dark secrets, and overwhelming joys that defined Nina and Philip's life together.


“Barbara Caruso’s nuanced narration and crisp delivery match the author’s prose and her command of language. . . . Highly recommended for fans of contemporary literary fiction.”
      —Publishers Weekly

“Tuck’s skill is immense, as is Caruso’s, and there’s not a word of this heartbreaking but compelling listening experience that feels false or unearned.”

“Strangely captivating. . . . It will make you chafe. It will strike a chord.”
      —Washington Post

“A breathlessly mannered, affecting new work. . . . Small, vital snapshots make up two lives closely shared, and beautifully portrayed in this triumph of a novel.”
      —Publishers Weekly [HC starred review]

Author Bio

LILY TUCK is the author of several previous novels including Siam, or the Woman Who Shot a Man which was nominated for the 2000 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and The News From Paraguay, winner of the National Book Award.

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