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The Sad Truth about Happinessby Anne Giardini
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How can a simple magazine quiz change your life? Maggie Selgrin knows. At a glance, the 32-year-old seems perfectly happy. She is the middle child in a loving family, she enjoys her job as a mammography technician and has just moved into her dream apartment. She even gets along with her new roommate Rebecca, whose job consists of devising magazine quizzes. When Rebecca asks Maggie to take a quiz that predicts life span, things suddenly look dire. According to the results, Maggie is doomed to die in three months just before her 33rd birthday unless she can honestly change her answer to the question Are you happy? In her search for happiness, Maggie becomes involved with three eligible suitors and makes a high risk move that will ultimately extend her life span. Originally broadcast on CBC Radios Between the Covers in winter 2006, the release of this BTC Audiobooks recording coincides with the publication of the paperback edition as a Harper CollinsPernnial.
At first glance, 32-year-old Maggie Selgrin seems perfectly content. Sensible and even-tempered, she enjoys her job as a mammography technician and has just moved into her dream apartment. Then one evening, her roommate convinces her to take a magazine quiz that calculates the date of one's death. The results suggest that Maggie will die in three months, unless she can honestly change her answer to the question, ?Are you happy?? (She has checked, ?Not completely.?) Thus begins Maggie's quest for love and fulfillment. This luminous novel by the daughter of Carol Shields combines a spirited fairy-tale plot (including three suitors and a stolen baby) with an eloquent meditation on the true nature of happiness. A lawyer and a former columnist for Canada's National Post newspaper, Anne Giardini lives in Vancouver. Best known for her starring role on CBC TV's DaVinci's Inquest, Suleka Mathew has appeared in numerous films, including Republic of Love (based on the novel by Carol Shields).
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