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Family Happiness

(1982)
A novel by

 
"If anyone wrote eloquently and magnificently about affairs of the heart, it was Laurie Colwin." - San Francisco Chronicle

At first glance, Polly Solo-Miller Demarest appears to have it all. The only daughter of a distinguished and close-knit family, she marries a handsome lawyer named Henry (just like her father and brother) and has two adorable and well-behaved children, Pete and Dee-Dee. She lives in a comfortable Park Avenue apartment, works three days a week in a rewarding job at the Board of Education, and spends every August in Maine. People regularly tell her, with admiration and envy, that she has life aced.

What no one suspects is that this perfect daughter, wife, and mother, always so eager to see to the happiness of others, would be willing to risk everything for love. From the moment she encounters his beautiful portraits in a group show, Polly cannot get Lincoln Bennett out of her mind. Soon she and the solitary, kindhearted painter are wrapped up in a deep and thrilling romance, and Polly has never felt more euphoric - or more terrified. Previously she divided women into two groups - those who have affairs and those who do not - and placed herself firmly in the latter category. How could she have been so wrong? And what does her passion for Lincoln say about the genuine pleasure she takes in her marriage and her family?

A sophisticated, sincere, and ultimately hopeful novel about the search for fulfillment, Family Happiness is a testament to the clarity of Laurie Colwin's vision and the elegance of her craft.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Laurie Colwin including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's estate.

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Hardback Editions

June 1983 : USA Hardback
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Title: Family Happiness: A Novel
Author(s): Laurie Colwin
ISBN: 0-89621-421-4 / 978-0-89621-421-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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April 1983 : UK Hardback
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Title: Family Happiness
Author(s): Laurie Colwin
ISBN: 0-241-11006-8 / 978-0-241-11006-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
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September 1982 : USA Hardback
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Title: Family Happiness: A Novel
Author(s): Laurie Colwin
ISBN: 0-394-52511-6 / 978-0-394-52511-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Alfred a Knopf
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Paperback Editions

December 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: Family Happiness
Author(s): Laurie Colwin
ISBN: 0-06-095897-9 / 978-0-06-095897-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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December 1989 : USA Paperback
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Title: Family Happiness (Perennial Fiction Library)
Author(s): Laurie Colwin
ISBN: 0-06-097272-6 / 978-0-06-097272-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperPerennial
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November 1989 : UK Paperback
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Title: Family Happiness (Coronet Books)
Author(s): Laurie Colwin
ISBN: 0-340-51305-5 / 978-0-340-51305-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
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March 1987 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Family Happiness
Author(s): Laurie Colwin
ISBN: 0-449-21447-8 / 978-0-449-21447-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fawcett
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December 1984 : UK Paperback
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Title: Family Happiness
Author(s): Laurie Colwin
ISBN: 0-450-05727-5 / 978-0-450-05727-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: New English Library Ltd
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May 1983 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Family Happiness
Author(s): Laurie Colwin
ISBN: 0-449-20275-5 / 978-0-449-20275-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fawcett
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Kindle Editions

November 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Family Happiness: A Novel
Author(s): Laurie Colwin
Publisher: Open Road Media
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