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The Struggle for Happiness

Robson, Ruthann

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ISBN 10: 0312252196 / ISBN 13: 9780312252199
Published by New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000, New York, 2000
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Title: The Struggle for Happiness

Publisher: New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000, New York

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition

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<i>The Struggle for Happiness</i> is a collection of loosely interwoven stories that explore the condition of a series of finely drawn characters and their various desires-desires for love, belonging, home, and happiness. Ranging in tone from utopian visions to stark realism and populated by a unique collection of women-from the guitarist whose supposedly dead lover turns up at one of her concerts, to the professor who has lost her ability to trust in anything; from the psychic at a popular gay resort, to the critic and would-be writer-the pieces in <i>The Struggle for Happiness</i> are sure to delight and astonish longtime fans of Ruthann Robson and new readers alike.<br />


A new book by Ruthann Robson is always a cause for celebration. This latest offering is a collection of eight thoughtful, loosely linked stories, many drawing on Robson's experiences as a law professor and theorist. In &quot;Black Squirrels,&quot; for instance, a disabled and displaced college professor plots ways to undermine the development of a shopping mall down the street from her rural home. The two best stories here are the deceptively simple &quot;Review,&quot; in which an overly zealous young writer submits her first book review--a savage critique of a new novel by an established writer--and learns with horror that the novelist has killed herself soon after reading it, and &quot;Death of the Subject,&quot; in which a psychic tries to help her cop girlfriend unravel a local crime (the title is a nod to postmodern theory that only makes sense in the last line of the story, like the kick in a Bloody Mary). The linking of stories in <i>The Struggle for Happiness</i> is superficial and perhaps unnecessary; the one truly compelling open-ended question (&quot;Where Is Madame Karmakov?&quot;) is never answered, although we are teasingly offered a different Madame in a later story. Read these pieces in any order, and keep your eye on Madame. <i>--Regina Marler</i>

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