The Promise of Happiness
A powerful elegy to the intimacies and idiocies of family, The Promise of Happiness tells the story of an apparently ordinary family on the cusp of an extraordinary moment: the return of the family's prodigal daughter, Juliet. Her release from an upstate New York prison throws the Judds, formerly of London but now scattered, back together.
For her father, Juliet's conviction for a theft she may not have committed had proven the disintegration of a dying society. For her mother, it is a source not only of resentment, but bafflement. And for all of the Judds, it is a moment of both intense joy and confusion.
As Justin Cartwright's novel opens, Juliet's parents await her release and return to England. Charlie, their capable and successful son, has been charged with collecting her and softening her reentry into the world, his own life unsettled meanwhile by his glamorous girlfriend's pregnancy and his ambivalence towards it. Sophie, the youngest and most rebellious sibling, is in the midst of getting her chaotic life (mostly) under control. And Juliet herself is wounded, the perfect daughter made scapegoat for a victimless crime.
With searching perception and gentle humor, Justin Cartwright gradually reveals the inner struggles of the five disparate Judds as they grapple with their conflicting feelings for each other and the moral dilemmas that beset them, bringing them finally together in what is ultimately a celebration of the layers and universal oddness of the love of a family.
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A formulaic, poorly written family story. Read full review
Review: The Promise of HappinessUser Review - Ian Mapp - Goodreads
Now then - I'm not sure what to make of this - and that's a good thing. It took me 9 days to read a 300 page book, which indicates a struggle. And at times, it certainly was. But there is enough ... Read full review
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The Promise of Happiness
The Promise of Happiness The Promise of Happiness has been described as a re-invention of that much-maligned genre the Aga-saga and indeed it does deal with ...
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It's hard not to think of the title of Justin Cartwright's new novel "The Promise of Happiness" as an allusion to Tolstoy's famous opening words of "Anna ...
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The Promise of Happiness - International Herald Tribune
FICTION. By Justin Cartwright 308 pages. $23.95. Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press
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I've finished Justin Cartwright's The Promise of Happiness and have not changed my opinion since writing about the earlier part of the book - it's strongest ...
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An introduction to Justin Cartwright's reworking of the Aga-saga
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In The Promise of Happiness the suffering of fallen humankind remains very much in evidence, but counterbalanced by recurrent hints of an alternative ...
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The Promise of Happiness by Justin Cartwright (Bloomsbury). Ju-Ju Judd is about to be released from an American prison. She has served time for her ...
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