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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,469 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rafael Yglesias Narrator: Grover Gardne Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A Happy Marriage is both intimate and expansive: It is the story of Enrique Sabas and his wife, Margaret, a novel that alternates between the romantic misadventures of the first weeks of their courtship and the final months of Margaret's life as she says good-bye to her family, friends, children, and Enrique. Spanning 30 years, this achingly honest story is about what it means for two people to spend a lifetime together and what makes a happy marriage. Bold, elegiac, and emotionally suspenseful, Yglesias's beautiful novel will break every reader's heart while encouraging all of us with its clear-eyed evocation of the enduring value of marriage.

Yglesias's career as a novelist began in 1970 when he wrote an autobiographical novel at sixteen, hailed by critics for its stunning and revelatory depiction of adolescence. A Happy Marriage, his first work of fiction in thirteen years, was inspired by his relationship with his wife, Margaret, who died in 2004.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Diane | 2/1/2014

    " A painful book, but ultimately rewarding if you're up to facing some horrifying details to do with dying from cancer. The author alternates chapters about the couple's first meetings (and he uses his real wife's name, Margaret, who died recently of cancer) with chapters about the end of her life and theirs together. Although it's fiction and not autobiography, it felt very real to me, terribly honest, the characters complete and completely believable. I suspect that anyone who knows what a long marriage can be will find something familiar in here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Clara | 1/23/2014

    " A Happy Marriage is wrenching, painfully intimate and borderline offensive ("He had ordered her in." seriously?). The novel seems laudably honest (and is extremely well written, precise and exacting) yet never escapes the undercurrent of a voice seeking absolution, potentially deserved but nonetheless almost annoyingly plaintive (but hey, that's probably just my cynicism/lack of empathy coming through). Alternating between his first encounters with his wife in their twenties, and her deathbed (she is dying of bladder cancer) in their fifties, the protagonist Enrique is a devout husband, even in the midst of an infidelity; the tragedy is that only Margaret's death can offer a resolution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa Currier | 1/17/2014

    " A sad book, very well written, semi-autobiographical. The chapters alternate bewtween now and how they met and their relationship progressed, spanning 30 years together. It chronicales the ups & downs of life. The chapters dealing wiht Margaret's illness and impending death were sometimes hard to read. How do you help someone plan their death and funeral? How do you say goodbye to your life partner? At times the authors writing style was too flowery and he could have used less words, but this was a very good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Weston Ochse | 1/17/2014

    " I first heard of this during an interview on NPR. I listen to this station whenever I am not listening to music. I love the special programs regarding arts and literature. Rarely does NPR steer me wrong, as you will see later in this list. A Happy Marriage is not for the faint of heart. But if you want to read about love, real love, the kind of love where a man has to care for his wife during her last days of cancer, then this is your book. It's at once inspiring and depressing. But where it could be easily bogged down, Rafael uses flashbacks and forwards. He begins with both the beginning and the end of relationship, then works inwards towards the heart. "

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About the Author
Author Rafael Yglesias

Rafael Yglesias is an American novelist and screenwriter. He dropped out of high school upon publication of his first novel in 1972 at age seventeen. He was married to Margaret from 1977 until her death in 2004. He is the author of nine novels, including Dr. Neruda’s Cure for Evil and Fearless, which he adapted for the screen. He has two grown sons and lives in New York’s Greenwich Village.