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I Married You for Happiness by Lily Tuck.. A moving and lyrically structured meditation on love and loss that is both a brisk read and satisfying. A long marriage seen in retro-kaleidoscopic relief.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"In this writing — purposefully fragmented, and composed with frugal economy — the characters verge toward the schematic, and the present tense in which the novel is couched increases the illusion of something light and fugitive. As for the after­life, the dichotomy between theoretical science and sensuous reality is absolute."

The New York Times

"Tuck, who lost her second husband, a lawyer (to whom this novel is dedicated), to cancer in 2002 after 25 years of marriage, reflects on marriage and loss, but I Married You For Happiness is not yet another memoir of grief. Her protagonist, Nina, a painter who especially prizes clarity in art, mulls over her imperfect but abiding marriage, her unexpected bereavement, and the unfathomability of her husband's nonexistence."


Author bio: Lily Tuck is the author of four previous novels: Interviewing Matisse, The Woman Who Walked on Water, Siam, which was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and The News from Paraguay, winner of the National Book Award. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; (193 pp. Memo-real: Audiobook/Print editions)

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