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Happy Now? A Novel (Paperback)

Author:  Katherine Shonk
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0312681151
ISBN-13: 9780312681159
Sku: 217024484
Publish Date: 3/29/2011
Pages:  262
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"When the front door of the coach house swung open, Claire saw her dead husband''s cat trotting toward her. "

Happy Now?" follows Claire Kessler''s chaotic and often tragicomic journey through the weeks that follow her husband Jay''s suicide---on Valentine''s Day. Nomie, Claire''s pregnant younger sister, welcomes Claire into her guest house and abandons her own husband in solidarity. Claire''s father turns into a concerned stalker, trailing her every movement in his car. Encounters with well-meaning therapists turn horribly awry, and Jay''s abandoned cat goes on a hunger strike. All the while, Jay''s extensive suicide note (binder, actually) looms on the coffee table, waiting for Claire to gather the courage to read it. With wit and compassion, Katherine Shonk explores both the possibilities and limitations of human relationships. "Happy Now?" is an uncommonly honest portrayal of love, loss, and letting go.

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When the front door of the coach house swung open, Claire saw her dead husband’s cat trotting toward her.   

Happy Now? follows Claire Kessler’s chaotic and often tragicomic journey through the weeks that follow her husband Jay’s suicide---on Valentine’s Day. Nomie, Claire’s pregnant younger sister, welcomes Claire into her guest house and abandons her own husband in solidarity. Claire’s father turns into a concerned stalker, trailing her every movement in his car. Encounters with well-meaning therapists turn horribly awry, and Jay’s abandoned cat goes on a hunger strike. All the while, Jay’s extensive suicide note (binder, actually) looms on the coffee table, waiting for Claire to gather the courage to read it. With wit and compassion, Katherine Shonk explores both the possibilities and limitations of human relationships. Happy Now? is an uncommonly honest portrayal of love, loss, and letting go.  

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Only two years into his seemingly happy marriage, depressed psychologist Jay leaps to his death from a balcony on Valentine's day leaving his stricken wife Claire with a binder full of advice, apologies, and explanations. Her life uprooted, beset on all sides by well-meaning family members, struggling to get Jay's cat Fang to eat, Claire has to solve the mystery of her husband's death, and rewrite the narrative of her relationship. Katerine Shonk's debut novel, after her widely praised collection THE RED PASSPORT, nimbly pulls off the acrobatic trick of being both heart-wrenchingly sad and wickedly funny at once. HAPPY NOW? understands the vast gulf between people's inner and outer lives and between their actions and their desires. It's a smart, funny, and painfully observant novel.

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"Both tear-jerking and laugh-out-loud funny, this will have readers rooting for its brave heroine and hoping that, indeed, she will one day be happy again." 01/04/2010

"[An] absorbing debut....HAPPY NOW? is a raw, lucid portrait of a life just after it's been shattered, as it begins to take on a new shape....Shonk describes her characters' complicated emotions with such care that every moment feels essential." - Eryn Loeb 04/08/2010

"In her quiet debut novel...Katherine Shonk deals with a hard-won if imperfect marriage, a sudden, devastating loss, grief, anger, and the question of how to rebuild a life in ruins amid a quirky family dynamic....The novel vividly captures the sense of dislocation and disenfranchisement that must surely accompany such a loss." - Karen Campbell 05/01/2010

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Product attributePublisher:   Picador USA
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