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Synopsis:

- First serial rights for Pelican Song have been sold to The Paris Review

- Other stories in Double Happiness have been published or are forthcoming in literary journals: St. Ann's Review, The Georgia Review, The Mississippi Review, Ploughshares, and A Public Space

- Wavemaker II was a national best seller, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and a Book Sense 76 Selection

Synopsis:

Best-selling author Mary-Beth Hughes delivers a seductive, deeply human, and sophisticated collection about the universal need to be loved, and the complicated imperfections that jeopardize the ties that bind us.

The stories in Double Happiness are extraordinary portrayals of the ordinariness of life. By pinpointing those moments of discord when personal needs and morality clash with circumstances beyond our control, Hughes challenges our concepts of responsibility, trust, resilience, and betrayal. In “Pelican Song,” a thirty-year-old modern dancer who moonlights as a movie–ticket taker visits her parents picturesque home to discover that her stepfather has begun mistreating her too-accommodating mother; “Horse” follows maladjusted honeymooners in Atlantic City whose romantic weekend is saved from emotional catastrophe by a horse that refuses to dive from its pedestal into the ocean; and a holiday in New York City turns from shopping sprees to a young girls sharp discovery of her fathers secret life in “Rome.”

With an elegant blend of humor and pathos, Hughes captures the turning points in relationships that make us wonder how well we really know those we love. Double Happiness is a revealing meditation on the fragility of contentment and the lengths we must go to in order to sustain it.

Synopsis:

Best-selling and widely acclaimed author Mary-Beth Hughes, “a writer of dexterity and imagination,” (The New York Times Book Review) delivers a seductive, deeply human, and sophisticated story collection about the universal need to be loved, and the complicated imperfections that jeopardize the ties that bind us.

The stories in Double Happiness are extraordinary portrayals of the ordinariness of life. By pinpointing those moments of discord when personal needs and morality clash with circumstances beyond our control, Hughes challenges our concepts of responsibility, trust, resilience, and betrayal. In “Pelican Song,” a thirty-year-old modern dancer who moonlights as a movie–ticket taker visits her parents picturesque home only to discover that her stepfather has begun mistreating her too-accommodating mother; “Horse” follows maladjusted honeymooners in Atlantic City whose romantic weekend is saved from emotional catastrophe by a bored horse that refuses to dive from its pedestal into the ocean; and a mini-holiday in New York City turns from a shopping spree and tea at The Plaza to a young girls sharp discovery of her fathers secret life in “Rome.”

With an elegant blend of humor and pathos, Hughes captures the turning points in relationships that make us wonder how well we really know the people

About the Author

Mary-Beth Hughes is the author of the best selling novel, Wavemaker II, a New York Times Notable Book. Her stories have been published in The Paris Review, Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, and A Public Space. She lives in Brooklyn and Gallatin, NY.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802170743
Author:
Hughes, Mary Beth
Publisher:
Black Classic Press
Author:
Hughes, Mary-Beth
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
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Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback, Deckle Edge
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.25 x 5 in 7.5 oz

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"Synopsis" by , - First serial rights for Pelican Song have been sold to The Paris Review

- Other stories in Double Happiness have been published or are forthcoming in literary journals: St. Ann's Review, The Georgia Review, The Mississippi Review, Ploughshares, and A Public Space

- Wavemaker II was a national best seller, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and a Book Sense 76 Selection

"Synopsis" by ,
Best-selling author Mary-Beth Hughes delivers a seductive, deeply human, and sophisticated collection about the universal need to be loved, and the complicated imperfections that jeopardize the ties that bind us.

The stories in Double Happiness are extraordinary portrayals of the ordinariness of life. By pinpointing those moments of discord when personal needs and morality clash with circumstances beyond our control, Hughes challenges our concepts of responsibility, trust, resilience, and betrayal. In “Pelican Song,” a thirty-year-old modern dancer who moonlights as a movie–ticket taker visits her parents picturesque home to discover that her stepfather has begun mistreating her too-accommodating mother; “Horse” follows maladjusted honeymooners in Atlantic City whose romantic weekend is saved from emotional catastrophe by a horse that refuses to dive from its pedestal into the ocean; and a holiday in New York City turns from shopping sprees to a young girls sharp discovery of her fathers secret life in “Rome.”

With an elegant blend of humor and pathos, Hughes captures the turning points in relationships that make us wonder how well we really know those we love. Double Happiness is a revealing meditation on the fragility of contentment and the lengths we must go to in order to sustain it.

"Synopsis" by ,
Best-selling and widely acclaimed author Mary-Beth Hughes, “a writer of dexterity and imagination,” (The New York Times Book Review) delivers a seductive, deeply human, and sophisticated story collection about the universal need to be loved, and the complicated imperfections that jeopardize the ties that bind us.

The stories in Double Happiness are extraordinary portrayals of the ordinariness of life. By pinpointing those moments of discord when personal needs and morality clash with circumstances beyond our control, Hughes challenges our concepts of responsibility, trust, resilience, and betrayal. In “Pelican Song,” a thirty-year-old modern dancer who moonlights as a movie–ticket taker visits her parents picturesque home only to discover that her stepfather has begun mistreating her too-accommodating mother; “Horse” follows maladjusted honeymooners in Atlantic City whose romantic weekend is saved from emotional catastrophe by a bored horse that refuses to dive from its pedestal into the ocean; and a mini-holiday in New York City turns from a shopping spree and tea at The Plaza to a young girls sharp discovery of her fathers secret life in “Rome.”

With an elegant blend of humor and pathos, Hughes captures the turning points in relationships that make us wonder how well we really know the people

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