Happy All the Time

Happy All the Time

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A modern classic first published in 1978 that is as much a sophisticated romantic comedy about the love between two partners as it is a novel about the powerful bonds shared by family members, friends, colleagues and confidants.

"A comedy of manners that reminds us that manners are comic and should be enjoyed as such." --The New York Times

Guido and Vincent, best friends (and third cousins), aren't expecting to fall head-over-heels in love, but that is exactly what happens. Guido is smitten with Holly, a dazzling young woman who chafes at the idea of complacency, while Vincent falls for Misty, a work colleague with an acerbic sense of humor who seems as uninterested in romance as she is in Vincent (at first). In the months that follow, both couples will experience the rituals of courtship, jealousy, estrangement, family entanglements, and other perils of the heart as they try to find love in spite of themselves.

Colwin is a master of portraying the messiness of life: here, in hilarious and endearing prose, she follows these two improbable pairs, and their families, as they navigate and ultimately find happiness together--not all the time, but for most of it.

With a foreword by Katherine Heiny.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 134 x 202 x 15mm | 193g
  • Vintage Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0307474402
  • 9780307474407
  • 66,532

Review quote

"Laurie Colwin was the best kind of master: human and humorous, full of wisdom and love. When am I happy all the time? When I have a stack of Laurie Colwin books beside me." --Emma Straub, bestselling author of All Adults Here

"Luminous . . . a book that lingers sweetly and hilariously in the memory." --The Dallas Morning News

"A wise, bighearted book by a wise, bighearted writer. A deft and funny one, too." --The Washington Post

"Colwin is a bard of burgeoning adulthood." --Rachel Syme, The New Yorker

"A comedy of manners that reminds us that manners are comic and should be enjoyed as such." --The New York Times

"Laurie Colwin's great subject was happiness--whether romantic, familial, domestic, or culinary--and she managed to write about it with both élan and emotional depth. . . . How wonderful it is that her books are still with us." --The Christian Science Monitor
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About Laurie Colwin

Laurie Colwin is the author of five novels--Happy All the Time; Family Happiness; Goodbye Without Leaving; A Big Storm Knocked It Over; and Shine On, Bright and Dangerous Object--three collections of short stories--Passion and Affect; The Lone Pilgrim; and Another Marvelous Thing--and two collections of essays, Home Cooking and More Home Cooking. Colwin died in 1992.
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Rating details

4,114 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 29% (1,189)
4 38% (1,582)
3 24% (972)
2 7% (300)
1 2% (71)
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