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Happy All the Time (1978)

by Laurie Colwin

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Our main characters are actually not. (Not happy all the time, that is.)

Nothing phases Holly. She’s imperturbable, un-ruffle-able. Nothing gets to her. Never sad, but never very happy either. That’s Holly.

And then there’s Misty. No one would call her happy.

“If you wanted some appealing girl, why didn’t you go down to the PR department? It’s loaded with appealing types.”

“I don’t want any of those appealing types,” he paused. “I wanted you.”

“Oh yeah?” said Misty. “What are you going to do when you get me?”

“Well, take you out for lunch,” said Vincent.

“Really? Well, I don’t permit myself to be taken out for lunch.”

“Is that some kind of militant stand?”

“No,” said Misty. “I’m just not that sort of girl. I don’t go in for all that adorable socializing. I think it’s stupid and disgusting.”

“I see,” said Vincent. “You’re not very nice, are you?”

“No,” said Misty.

It isn’t a happily-ever-after sort of book, but, nevertheless, it is both mood-boosting (it’s on the official Mood-Boosting Book list) and genuine. Colwin is a master. I will read more of her. ( )
  debnance | Sep 25, 2014 |
Could be considered a romance novel but well
written and a good story line. I read this
years ago when a friend said SHE loved it so
it sounds like a good BookCrossing candidate.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
Sweet story, absolutely fantastic characters and some of the wittiest lines in any book I've read in a while. ( )
  JBD1 | Feb 14, 2014 |
Fun, witty, and optimistic! ( )
  zannerina | Oct 21, 2013 |


Read like a rom-com, but kind of brainy one. Breezy and quick and peripherally and transiently satisfying. ( )
  beckydj | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060955325, Paperback)

This delightful comedy of manners and morals is about romantic friendship, romantic marriage, and romantic love--about four people who are good-hearted and sane, lucky and gifted, and who find one another. Knowing that happiness is an art form that requires energy, discipline, and talent, Guido, Holly, Vincnt, and Misty deal with jealousy, estrangement, and other perils involved in the search for love.

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The courtship of Vincent Cardworthy and Misty Berkowitz and the marriage of Holly Stergis and Guido Morris are marked by practical concerns, romance, surprises, luck, and no upper hands

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