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A simple woman looks back on her harsh life with extraordinary insight and unexpected joy

At the opening of My Happy Life, the unnamed narrator of this bittersweet fictional memoir has been abandoned in a locked room of a defunct hospital for the mentally ill. She hasn't seen the nice man who brings her food in days; she's eaten the soap and the toothpaste; she tried to eat the plaster on her walls, a dietary adventure that ended none too well. And yet, curiously, the narrator is happy. Despite a lifetime of neglect, physical abuse, and loss, she's incapable of perceiving slight or injury. She has infinite faith in the goodwill of others, loves even her enemies, and finds grace and communion in places most people wouldn't dare to look. By stepping outside her meager circumstances, she's able to live each moment as though it were her last-with gratitude, longing, and delight.

Readers will be unable to put down Lydia Millet's impressive, original foray into serious literary fiction.

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"Occasionally a book comes along that is truly written (as writers are instructed books should be) as if it were the writer's last: Millet's sad and infinitely touching third novel... is such an extraordinary work." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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"Strange, lovely, and disturbing, Millet's third novel is also her finest." San Francisco Chronicle

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"Strange, slender, and incandescent... sharp and frequently funny." Jennifer Reese, New York Times Book Review

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"A nightmare limned in gold... a warm cocoon of words." Entertainment Weekly

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"If there were any justice in the world, Lydia Millet's novel My Happy Life would become not merely a cult book, devoured by a few astonished readers every year, but an examplar. 'This,' we would say, 'is how to write a novel that is impossible to forget.'" Frederick Koppel, Commercial Appeal

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At the opening of My Happy Life, the unnamed narrator has been abandoned in a locked room of a deserted mental hospital. She hasn't seen the nice man who brings her food in days; so she's eaten the soap, the toothpaste, and even tried to eat the plaster on her walls — a dietary adventure that ended none too well. This woman's story, covering decades and spanning continents, is tragic, yet she is curiously at peace, even happy. Despite a lifetime of neglect, physical abuse, and loss, she's incapable of perceiving slight or injury. She has infinite faith in the goodwill of others, loves even her enemies, and finds grace and communion in places most people wouldn't dare to brave. Lauded by both critics and readers, My Happy Life consistently surprises and excites with its original vision of a unique woman whose rich interior life protects her from the horrors of external reality.

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At the opening of "My Happy Life, " the unnamed narrator of this bittersweet fictional memoir has been abandoned in a locked room of a defunct hospital for the mentally ill, where she looks back on her harsh life with extraordinary insight and unexpected joy.

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Rachel Parrish, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Rachel Parrish)
I have read this book countless times and purchased 9 copies. They never make it back when I lend them out. Millet's lanquage and cadence in this novel are like poetry to me. Dark and sad and hopeful... I will read My Happy Life many more times over the years, I'm sure.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781933368764
Author:
Millet, Lydia
Publisher:
Soft Skull Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 5.5 oz

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Product details 160 pages Soft Skull Press - English 9781933368764 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Occasionally a book comes along that is truly written (as writers are instructed books should be) as if it were the writer's last: Millet's sad and infinitely touching third novel... is such an extraordinary work."
"Review" by , "Strange, lovely, and disturbing, Millet's third novel is also her finest."
"Review" by , "Strange, slender, and incandescent... sharp and frequently funny."
"Review" by , "A nightmare limned in gold... a warm cocoon of words."
"Review" by , "If there were any justice in the world, Lydia Millet's novel My Happy Life would become not merely a cult book, devoured by a few astonished readers every year, but an examplar. 'This,' we would say, 'is how to write a novel that is impossible to forget.'"
"Synopsis" by ,
At the opening of My Happy Life, the unnamed narrator has been abandoned in a locked room of a deserted mental hospital. She hasn't seen the nice man who brings her food in days; so she's eaten the soap, the toothpaste, and even tried to eat the plaster on her walls — a dietary adventure that ended none too well. This woman's story, covering decades and spanning continents, is tragic, yet she is curiously at peace, even happy. Despite a lifetime of neglect, physical abuse, and loss, she's incapable of perceiving slight or injury. She has infinite faith in the goodwill of others, loves even her enemies, and finds grace and communion in places most people wouldn't dare to brave. Lauded by both critics and readers, My Happy Life consistently surprises and excites with its original vision of a unique woman whose rich interior life protects her from the horrors of external reality.
"Synopsis" by , At the opening of "My Happy Life, " the unnamed narrator of this bittersweet fictional memoir has been abandoned in a locked room of a defunct hospital for the mentally ill, where she looks back on her harsh life with extraordinary insight and unexpected joy.
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