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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (724 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lily Tuck Narrator: Barbara Carus Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Potent and utterly engaging, I Married You For Happiness combines marriage, mathematics, and the probability of an afterlife to create Lily Tuck’s most affecting and riveting book yet.

“His hand is growing cold, still she holds it” is how this novel that tells the story of a marriage begins. The tale unfolds over a single night as Nina sits at the bedside of her husband, Philip, whose sudden and unexpected death is the reason for her lonely vigil. Still too shocked to grieve, she lets herself remember the defining moments of their long union, beginning with their meeting in Paris. She is an artist, he a highly accomplished mathematician: a collision of two different worlds that merged to form an intricate and passionate love. As we move through select memories—real and imagined—Tuck reveals the most private intimacies, dark secrets, and overwhelming joys that defined Nina and Philip's life together.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Affecting, original…Rich in sentiment, poignancy, and honesty.”


  • “A full and satisfying portrayal of a marriage…Great fodder for readers who enjoy pondering life’s larger questions.”

    Library Journal

  • “Tuck’s crisp writing is a joy.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A breathlessly mannered, affecting new work…Small, vital snapshots make up two lives closely shared, and beautifully portrayed in this triumph of a novel.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The writing is lyrical and striking, vividly capturing the nature of memory and the way in which love, though never simple, is contained and proven in the small, indelible moments of our lives…This slim, magnificent novel is rarefied by its heartbreaking immediacy, and the moving, aching stream of consciousness chronicles not only the psychology of shock and mourning, but also the minute-by-minute way in which Nine begins to put life as she knows it in the past tense.”


  • “Strangely captivating…The story becomes steadily more absorbing, and the sum of the novel’s parts is well worth the effort.”

    Washington Post

  • “A magical, truthful tale.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Luminous…Spare but deep.”


  • “An elegant vigil…A poised, readable, immediate novel.”


  • “This slim brush of a book manages to accomplish in a mere 200-plus pages what many novelists try to do in twice the verbiage…[It] examines the disguises and surprises that energize a lasting marriage.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Sweet, tender, and compelling.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Beautiful…Tuck produces spare prose that doesn’t sacrifice tension or emotion in its economy…An artfully crafted still life of one couple’s marriage.”

    Boston Globe

  • “[A] moving narrative…Poetic and absorbing…The final passages, as dawn breaks in the new widow’s life, are a rare and elegant affirmation of the transcendence of love.”

    Daily Beast

  • “One of the most beautiful love songs in novel form you’ll ever read…Tuck is a genius with moments…Her ability to capture beauty will remind readers of Margaret Yourcenar and Marguerite Duras.”

    Los Angels Book Review

  • Selected for the October 2011 Indie Next List
  • A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2011 Boston Globe Book of the Year for Fiction
  • A 2011 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Trent | 2/16/2014

    " This is a classic example whereby my utter distaste and dislike for the narrator clouds my perspective on the fine writing within. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patti Henger | 2/9/2014

    " Although this was a short novel (190 pages), this author's work will stick with me. It was equal parts sweet and sad, with a gorgeous way of describing a marriage that has come to an unexpected, abrupt end. The style was unique in that it truly seemed to capture how a lot of people think....one memory that evolves into a completely different thought, that may or may not come back to the initial memory. I also appreciated the poetry, it was really beautiful. I loved Philip's character, but was a little put off by Nina and her reckless behavior. I would love to delete a lot of her actions, but making everything perfect in a novel defeats the purpose of the message I suppose. Really glad I invested the time to read something completely different than I normally pick up...will add some more Lily Tuck to my bookshelf:-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Emily | 2/3/2014

    " I am a sucker for beautiful language and ideas. This very short novel is about physics, marriage, math, and youth. A meditation of the life of a couple. It is not a riveting story, but such a lovely piece writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paula Matuskey | 1/18/2014

    " Tight novel where a widow reflects on her marriage immediately following her husband's death. "

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About the Author

Lily Tuck is the author of several novels, including Interviewing Matisse or the Woman Who Died Standing Up, The Woman Who Walked on Water, Siam, or the Woman Who Shot a Man, which was nominated for the 2000 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and The News From Paraguay, winner of the National Book Award. She is also the author of the biography Woman of Rome, A Life of Elsa Morante. Her short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, and are collected in Limbo, or Other Places I Have Lived. She divides her time between Maine and New York City.