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My Happy Life

(2002)
A novel by

 
 
A simple woman looks back on her harsh life with extraordinary insight and unexpected joy

At the opening of My Happy Life, the unnamed narrator of this bittersweet fictional memoir has been abandoned in a locked room of a defunct hospital for the mentally ill. She hasn't seen the nice man who brings her food in days; she's eaten the soap and the toothpaste; she tried to eat the plaster on her walls, a dietary adventure that ended none too well. And yet, curiously, the narrator is happy. Despite a lifetime of neglect, physical abuse, and loss, she's incapable of perceiving slight or injury. She has infinite faith in the goodwill of others, loves even her enemies, and finds grace and communion in places most people wouldn't dare to look. By stepping outside her meager circumstances, she's able to live each moment as though it were her last-with gratitude, longing, and delight.

Readers will be unable to put down Lydia Millet's impressive, original foray into serious literary fiction.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

January 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: My Happy Life: A Novel
Author(s): Lydia Millet
ISBN: 0-8050-6846-5 / 978-0-8050-6846-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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Paperback Editions

April 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: My Happy Life
Author(s): Lydia Millet
ISBN: 1-933368-76-4 / 978-1-933368-76-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
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March 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: My Happy Life
Author(s): Lydia Millet
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
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