Happy All the Time

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Vintage Books, 2010 - Fiction - 213 pages
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"A luminous telling of two modern romances, a book that lingers sweetly and hilariously in the memory." --Dallas Morning News

Guido and Vincent are childhood best friends--third cousins, really--living in Cambridge and dreaming about their futures. Guido plans to write poetry while Vincent feels confident he will win a Nobel prize for physics. When Guido spots Holly while exiting a museum, he can immediately sense that she will difficult, quirky, and hard to live with. He loves her on sight. Vincent, open-minded and cheerful, meets Misty at work. Though she is a  bored and misanthropic brunette, he finds himself desperate to know her.

Through courtship, jealousy, estrangement, and other perils, Happy All the Time follows four sane, intelligent, and good-intentioned people who manage to find love in spite of themselves.
 

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User Review  - debnance - LibraryThing

Our main characters are actually not. (Not happy all the time, that is.) Nothing phases Holly. She’s imperturbable, un-ruffle-able. Nothing gets to her. Never sad, but never very happy either. That’s ... Read full review

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User Review  - amyjmerrick - LibraryThing

This novel follows two oddly matched couples as they stumble toward happy marriages. Colwin’s novel feels old-fashioned for its willingness to have its characters truly listen to each other. Other ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Laurie Colwin is the author of five novels--Happy All the Time; Family Happiness; Goodbye Without Leaving; A Big Storm Knocked It Over; and Shine On, Bright and Dangerous Object--three collections of short stories--Passion and Affect; The Lone Pilgrim; and Another Marvelous Thing--and two collections of essays, Home Cooking and More Home Cooking. Colwin died in 1992.

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