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Happiness for Beginners

(2015)
A novel by

 
 
From the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away and Things You Save in a Fire

Helen Carpenter can’t quite seem to bounce back. Newly divorced at thirty-two, her life has fallen apart beyond her ability to put it together again. So when her annoying younger brother, Duncan, convinces her to sign up for a hardcore wilderness survival course in the backwoods of Wyoming—she hopes it’ll be exactly what she needs.

Instead, it’s a disaster. It’s nothing like she wants, or expects, or anticipates. She doesn’t anticipate the surprise summer blizzard, for example—or the blisters, or the rutting elk, or the mean pack of sorority girls. And she especiallydoesn’t anticipate that her annoying brother’s even-more-annoying best friend, Jake, will show up for the exact same course—and distract her, derail her, and . . . kiss her.

But it turns out sometimes disaster can teach you exactly the things you need to learn. Like how to keep going, even when you think you can’t. How being scared can make you brave. And how sometimes getting really, really lost is your only hope of getting found.

Happiness for Beginners is Katherine Center at her most heart-warming, captivating best—a nourishing, page-turning, up-all-night read about how to get back up. It’s a story that looks at how our struggles lead us to our strengths. How love is always worth it. And how the more good things we look for, the more we find.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"HAPPINESS FOR BEGINNERS does what a story should do--introduces characters we want to know and then takes us on their unexpected journey to a new and braver life. Helen Carpenter is doing what needs to be done, and along the way she shows us how to be brave . . . when we need to be and when we want to be. When life doesn't give Helen what she believes she wants, she journeys into the wilderness to find what she needs, and we are with her every step of the way. Center's witty, honest and compassionate storytelling opens us to new ways of feeling and trusting, just as her character is doing the same." - Patti Callahan Henry

"Katherine Center has a unique talent for finding humor in the most unlikely scenarios. . . In the wholly refreshing Happiness for Beginners, she explores life's messy moments with comic precision and proves that it is possible to make a fresh start--and find true love--in the midst of emotional disaster. Trust me; you'll feel this satisfying novel deep in your bones." - Jillian Medoff

"Such a charming, heartfelt novel about a woman who needs to escape from her life in order to rebuild it. I read it all in one delicious gulp." - Sarah Pekkanen

"A gem of a novel about finding out just what you're made off." - Melissa Senate


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Hardback Editions

May 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Happiness For Beginners
Author(s): Katherine Center
ISBN: 1-4104-7916-1 / 978-1-4104-7916-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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Paperback Editions

September 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Happiness for Beginners
Author(s): Katherine Center
ISBN: 1-250-76525-0 / 978-1-250-76525-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Griffin
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March 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Happiness for Beginners: A Novel
Author(s): Katherine Center
ISBN: 1-250-04730-7 / 978-1-250-04730-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Audio Editions

August 2018 : MP3 CD
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Title: Happiness for Beginners
Author(s): Katherine Center
ISBN: 1-72132-774-6 / 978-1-72132-774-4
Publisher: Blackstone on Brilliance Audio
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March 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Happiness for Beginners
Author(s): Katherine Center
ISBN: 1-4815-2274-4 / 978-1-4815-2274-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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March 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Happiness for Beginners Lib/E
Author(s): Katherine Center
ISBN: 1-4815-2272-8 / 978-1-4815-2272-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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March 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Happiness for Beginners
Author(s): Katherine Center
ISBN: 1-4815-2273-6 / 978-1-4815-2273-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


March 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Happiness for Beginners
Author(s): Katherine Center
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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March 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Happiness for Beginners
Author(s): Katherine Center
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

March 2015 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Happiness for Beginners: A Novel
Author(s): Katherine Center
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU