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Happy Families

(2008)
A novel by

 
 
The internationally acclaimed author Carlos Fuentes, winner of the Cervantes Prize and the Latin Civilization Award, delivers a stunning work of fiction about family and love across an expanse of Mexican life, reminding us why he has been called 'a combination of Poe, Baudelaire, and Isak Dinesen' (Newsweek).

In these masterly vignettes, Fuentes explores Tolstoy's classic observation that 'happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.' In 'A Family Like Any Other,' each member of the Pagan family lives in isolation, despite sharing a tiny house. In 'The Mariachi's Mother,' the limitless devotion of a woman is revealed as she secretly tends to her estranged son's wounds. 'Sweethearts' reunites old lovers unexpectedly and opens up the possibilities for other lives and other loves. These are just a few of the remarkable stories in Happy Families, but they all inhabit Fuentes's trademark Mexico, where modern obsessions bump up against those of the mythic past, and the result is a triumphant display of the many ways we reach out to one another and find salvation through irrepressible acts of love.

In this spectacular translation, the acclaimed Edith Grossman captures the full weight of Fuentes's range. Whether writing in the language of the street or in straightforward, elegant prose, Fuentes gives us stories connected by love, including the failure of love - between spouses, lovers, parents and children, siblings. From the Mexican presidential palace to the novels of the poor and the vast expanse of humanity in between, Happy Families is a magnificent portrait of modern life in all its complicated beauty, as told by one of the world's most celebrated writers.

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Hardback Editions

October 2008 : UK Hardback
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Title: Happy Families
Author(s): Carlos Fuentes
ISBN: 0-7475-9528-3 / 978-0-7475-9528-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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September 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Happy Families: Stories
Author(s): Carlos Fuentes
ISBN: 1-4000-6688-3 / 978-1-4000-6688-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

October 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Happy Families
Author(s): Carlos Fuentes
ISBN: 0-7475-9617-4 / 978-0-7475-9617-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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August 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Happy Families: Fiction
Author(s): Carlos Fuentes
ISBN: 0-8129-7843-9 / 978-0-8129-7843-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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Kindle Editions

August 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Happy Families
Author(s): Carlos Fuentes
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon UK   


September 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Happy Families: Stories
Author(s): Carlos Fuentes
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA