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Happy Family

Happy Family

(2016)
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"Filled with intimate poignancy, deft humor and pitch-perfect dialogue."
A M Homes


In Tracy Barone's mordantly funny debut, a fiercely independent woman is forced to come to terms with the family who raised her, the one who gave her away and the one she desperately wants.

Trenton, New Jersey, 1962: A pregnant girl staggers into a health clinic, gives birth, and flees. A foster family takes the baby in, and an unlikely couple, their lives unspooling from a recent tragedy, hastily adopts her.

Forty years and many secrets and lies later, Cheri Matzner is all grown up and falling apart. Ironic and unapologetic, she's a former cop-turned-disgruntled academic, a frustrated wife trying to get pregnant, an iconoclastic daughter bearing war-wounds from her overbearing mother and the deeply flawed by well-meaning father who has been dead for several years. Thrust into an odyssey of acceptance, Cheri discovers that sometimes it takes half a lifetime to come of age.

Written with a deep emotional intelligence and a biting wit, HAPPY FAMILY weaves together the stories of the beautifully damaged people who have shaped Cheri's life--often in ways she has yet to discover. Asking if we can ever really know our parents outside their roles as our parents, Barone brilliantly explores the often vast divide between our beliefs about our families and the truth.

 
Used availability for Tracy Barone's Happy Family


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Hardback Editions

May 2016 : USA Hardback
Title: Happy Family
Author(s): Tracy Barone
ISBN: 0-316-34260-2 / 978-0-316-34260-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Lee Boudreaux Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

March 2017 : USA Paperback
Title: Happy Family
Author(s): Tracy Barone
ISBN: 0-316-34259-9 / 978-0-316-34259-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Lee Boudreaux / Back Bay Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

May 2016 : USA Audio CD
Title: Happy Family
Author(s): Tracy Barone
ISBN: 1-4789-0516-6 / 978-1-4789-0516-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

May 2016 : USA Audio edition
Title: Happy Family
Author(s): Tracy Barone
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

May 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Happy Family
Author(s): Tracy Barone
Publisher: Lee Boudreaux Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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