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THE MUSEUM OF HAPPINESS.

Kercheval, Jesse Lee.

ISBN 10: 057119821X / ISBN 13: 9780571198214
Published by FABER., NY, 1993
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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INSCRIBED by Jesse Lee Kercheval on the title page. Very close to fine in a fine dj. (Hint of faint foxing at top edge); Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 22591

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Title: THE MUSEUM OF HAPPINESS.

Publisher: FABER., NY

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Ginny Gillespie is a young widow who has fled Florida with her husband's ashes in her suitcase. Roland Keppi is a half-Alsatian, half-German carnival worker in search of a vision. They meet in Paris in 1929 and fall in love under a cloud of sparrows, but are soon separated when Roland is deported. Moving back and forth between Ginny and Roland, past and present, The Museum of Happiness follows the paths that bring them together in Paris, and the journeys that reunite them in a town where happiness has a shrine of its own.
Along the way, we meet an eccentric array of characters whose fates are all somehow connected to those of Ginny and Roland: Roland's grandmother Odile, a visionary like him whose final revenge on their superstitious hometown is forgiveness; Ginny's landlady, the indomitable Madame Desnos, who finds herself evicted from her own hotel; Ginny's mother, a doctor whose religion has led her away from her humanity; and a crew of filmmakers out to document the entire world.
Starting with Roland's birth just before World War I and ending with the invention of television, The Museum of Happiness ranges from small-town Florida to a bizarre German detention camp, from the Parisian underworld to a place in the south of France where lace is the only industry. Exploring the conflicts between nationality and identity, family and freedom, fate and choice, The Museum of Happiness is a romantic and compelling novel with a gloriously happy ending.

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"After her husband's sudden death, Ginny Gillespie travels with his ashes to Paris, where she meets and falls in love with Roland Keppi, a strange, visionary man without a country. Their dreamlike affair is disrupted when Roland vanishes, deported to a German camp for people without identity papers. But coincidences, dreams, and visions eventually reunite them with the promise of a bright future. Set primarily in France between the world wars, the narrative moves easily between the present and the past and among Ginny, Roland, and the important people in their lives. These intertwining stories raise questions of fate and the meaning of family, identity, and happiness."-Library Journal

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