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First published in the UK in 1991, (ISBNs 872180086 and 0586092242), with title Happenstance, the husband's story ; Happenstance, the wife's story Later UK editions (ISBN 1841154687) have title Happenstance. Canadian editions, (ISBN 0394223594 and 0679308563), have title Happenstance : two novels in one about a marriage in transition. A US edition, (ISBN 0140179518) has this same title. The foreign language editions are translations of the 1991 edition.
NOTE: Happenstance, a novel, original publication date 1980, is not the same work as "Happenstance: two novels in one about a marriage in transition", etc. Note the titles. One contains one novel, the other two.
These two unique novels tell the stories of Jack and Brenda Bowman during a rare weekend apart in their many years of marriage. Jack is at home coping with domestic crises and two uncouth adolescents, while immobilized by self-doubt and questioning his worth as a historian. Brenda, travelling alone for the first time, is in a strange city grappling with an array of emotions and toying with the idea of an affair. Intimate and insightful yet never sentimental, Happenstance is a profound portrait of a marriage and the differences between the sexes that bring life — and a sense of isolation — into even the most loving of relationships.
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Two different novels relate the stories of Jack and Brenda Bowman during a weekend apart. Jack is coping with two unruly teenagers at home and Brenda is toying with the idea of having an affair.