A Happy Marriage by Rafael Yglesias audiobook

A Happy Marriage: A Novel

By Rafael Yglesias
Read by Grover Gardner

Blackstone Publishing
11.60 Hours Unabridged
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Both intimate and expansive, Rafael Yglesias’ autobiographical new novel is the story of the relationship between Enrique Sabas and his wife, Margaret. Spanning thirty years, the novel 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, and children—and to Enrique. Inspired by the author’s own marriage to his wife who died in 2004, 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’ beautiful novel will break every reader’s heart, while encouraging all of us with its clear-eyed evocation of the enduring value of marriage.

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Winner of the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction

A 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

Selected for the July 2009 Indie Next List

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Both intimate and expansive, Rafael Yglesias’ autobiographical new novel is the story of the relationship between Enrique Sabas and his wife, Margaret. Spanning thirty years, the novel 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, and children—and to Enrique.

Inspired by the author’s own marriage to his wife who died in 2004, 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’ beautiful novel will break every reader’s heart, while encouraging all of us with its clear-eyed evocation of the enduring value of marriage.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A profound deliberation on the nature of love, marriage and the process of dying…A tour de force…[Yglesias] has found the novel of his life.” New York Times
“This is, fundamentally, the story of a happy marriage. But it’s not simple, because marriage—like love—isn’t static. And Enrique is ruthlessly honest in his quest to figure out what made his last…The mystery of what’s at the heart of a marriage can’t be unlocked, or even fully captured in words. But Enrique and Margaret are anything but common, distinct both as characters and in the endurance of their love.” New York Times Book Review
“Maybe marriage is the oldest story in the world, but in Mr. Yglesias’ tender, funny, rueful telling, the lifelong relationship is the story of life itself.” Wall Street Journal
“Will both touch and break hearts.” Marie Claire
“Brave…instantly compelling.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“I can’t think of many examinations of long-term marriages in modern novels, and that alone makes Rafael Yglesias’ surprising and deeply affecting new work stand out. What’s more, it’s clearly autobiographical, yet deals evenhandedly with deeply painful subjects, which makes it a very brave book indeed.” Cleveland Plain Dealer
“[A] devastatingly raw appraisal of a nearly 30-year marriage...heart-wrenching.” Publishers Weekly
“Audie Award–winner Grover Gardner skillfully conveys the small and large tensions and drama that encapsulate this and most every other long-term relationship. For appreciators of literary fiction interested in more deeply exploring the subjects of relationships, cancer, death, and dying.” Library Journal
“Rafael Yglesias fictionalizes his own 27-year marriage (to writer Helen Yglesias) in this beautiful and wrenching novel. A Happy Marriage intersperses chapters recounting the courtship of Enrique Sabas and Margaret Cohen with those documenting Margaret’s death from bladder cancer. Enrique and Margaret are flawed (because aren’t we all?); he cheats, and she’s a control freak. Yet this is ultimately a happy union brought to an end by a disease that is described in graphic and sometimes-stomach-turning detail. Grover Gardner renders complex emotions to fine effect and rejects any temptation to infuse his narration with an inappropriate sentimentality. This is a stunning combination of clear-eyed writing and a compelling voice—prepare to be simultaneously uplifted and heartbroken. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“[A] superb and courageous writer…Yglesias’ riveting portrait of enduring love, with all its grand imperfections, manages a tricky literary feat: warming your heart as he breaks it.” Bookforum

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Author Bio: Rafael Yglesias

Author Bio: 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.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English