Starting from Happy : A Novel

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-08-23
  • Publisher: Scribner

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From the ;fiercely funny ; ( The Washington Post ) author of Him Her Him Again The End of Him comes a resoundingly original and hilarious novel about dating and relationships from The New Yorker staff writer and comedic genius Patricia Marx. Imogene Gilfeather and Wally Yez meet while waiting in line for apple pie at a party. She has been told he is the perfect guy. ( ;Perfect, ; she replied, ;is not my type. ;) He has been told she is a lingerie designer. (That gets his attention.) One date turns into two and then into more...and thus begins the most absurd and amusingly unbalanced relationship to grace the pages of a novel. A tragicomic take on the girl-meets-boy story, Starting from Happy follows Imogene and Wally through the ups and downs and ins and outs of modern love. Are they meant for each other? (They both use mechanical pencils! Neither has had the mumps! They are so alike!) Do they marry? (Wally is a yes, Imogene a no.) If they start from happy, where will they end up? With its hundreds of chaplettes and darkly funny commentary on getting together and even staying the course, Starting from Happy is a classic novel for the Twitter age. Entertaining and addictive, this zany send-up of couplehood showcases one of the finest comic writers of our time.

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