Happy or Otherwise: Stories

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Happy or Otherwise: Stories

Happy or Otherwise Stories The people in Diana Joseph s Happy or Otherwise are looking for ways to live through hurt some of it passed on like a family heirloom some of it self inflicted Tabbitha the adult daughter in Bloodl

  • Title: Happy or Otherwise: Stories
  • Author: Diana Joseph
  • ISBN: 9780887483967
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Paperback
  • The people in Diana Joseph s Happy or Otherwise are looking for ways to live through hurt, some of it passed on like a family heirloom, some of it self inflicted Tabbitha, the adult daughter in Bloodlines, recounts her brother s death and her grieving father s violent response to it Her memory is compassionate, but unflinched as she reflects on how, even twenty years latThe people in Diana Joseph s Happy or Otherwise are looking for ways to live through hurt, some of it passed on like a family heirloom, some of it self inflicted Tabbitha, the adult daughter in Bloodlines, recounts her brother s death and her grieving father s violent response to it Her memory is compassionate, but unflinched as she reflects on how, even twenty years later, you don t forget In Windows and Words, Leslie, a college senior, falls for a guy who used philosophy as a form of foreplay In turn, she decides, Acting on desire is just another way to procrastinate The book also explores how people define themselves through the stories they tell the title character of Schandorsky s Mother is writing a poem that chronicles her relationship with the father her son has never known So someday you ll understand, she tells the puzzled boy In Approximate to Salvation, a daughter s claim that a stranger raped her covers up a painful truth her father s attempt to seduce her The tales concocted by the narrator of Naming Stories reveal her intense longing for a sense of self Sometimes, I told this story, she says, I was conceived at Woodstock, in the rain, the music, the mud, on the night of a full moon Another character, Sookey, in Expatriates, believes confessing would feel like love With prose that is sharp, lyrical, and image driven, Happy or Otherwise is a fierce book with a lot of funny parts.

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    One thought on “Happy or Otherwise: Stories

    1. Diana Joseph on said:

      I wrote this book. It was my first--many of the stories in it are from my MFA thesis--and while I think it reads like a first book by a young writer, I'm still pretty proud of it.

    2. Bethanie O'Dell on said:

      Joseph's collection of stories exposes the reader to many real life situations that a reader might have overlooked. The different voices in this collection enlighten a reader to the meaning of relationships as she exposes the hidden truths. The love a mother feels for her sick child is contrasted with a mother who lost the child she wasn't sure she wanted. The truths of a father-daughter relationship are unfolded with a yearning to be accepted like her siblings to the desire to be loved like her [...]

    3. Maria on said:

      Love the REAL stories in this book. They show basic feelings and portray humanity in its raw beauty while making me think, cry, or laugh (sometimes all at once). My friend Diana wrote it She's hilarious and sometimes oh-so-honest that it makes me cringe.

    4. Cathy Day on said:

      Interesting to read Joseph's first story collection alongside her memoir, I'm Sorry You Feel that Way.

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