Happy Now?: A Novel
HOW FAR WILL WE GO TO DENY THE DARKER SIDE OF OUR RELATIONSHIPS? HOW MUCH WILL WE RISK TO BE HAPPY?
Less than two years later, Jay had killed himself.
On Valentine's Day.
Happy Now? follows Claire's chaotic and often tragicomic journey through the weeks that follow her husband's suicide. Nomie, Claire's pregnant younger sister, welcomes Claire into her guesthouse and abandons her own husband in solidarity. Claire's father turns into a concerned stalker, trailing her every movement. Encounters with well-meaning therapists go horribly awry, and Jay's abandoned cat goes on a hunger strike. All the while, Jay's suicide note lurks on the coffee table, waiting for Claire to gather the courage to read it. As she struggles to confront the truth about her marriage, Claire also struggles to negotiate life as a young widow—the well-intentioned remarks, the sympathy bouquets, and the terrifying prospect of dating (and loving) again.
With wit and compassion, Katherine Shonk explores both the possibilities and the limitations of human relationships. Happy Now? is an uncommonly honest portrait of love, loss, and letting go.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - read.to.live - LibraryThing
This was a very good read; I would like to read more from this author; I would even be interested in a sequel to this book. I appreciated how the author maintained tension even though the main action ... Read full review
HAPPY NOW?User Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Numb-with-grief young widow struggles to make sense of her husband's Valentine's Day suicide.Believing herself to be in an imperfect but basically happy marriage, Claire Kessler is forced to rethink ... Read full review