Family Happiness: A Novel

October 31, 2020
Family Happiness: A Novel

"If anyone wrote eloquently and magnificently aboutaffairs of the heart, it was Laurie Colwin." —San FranciscoChronicleAt first glance, Polly Solo-Miller Demarest appears to have itall. The only daughter of a distinguished and close-knit family,she marries a handsome lawyer named Henry (just like her father andbrother) and has two adorable and well-behaved children, Pete andDee-Dee. She lives in a comfortable Park Avenue apartment, worksthree days a week in a rewarding job at the Board of Education, andspends every August in Maine. People regularly tell her, withadmiration and envy, that she has life aced.What no one suspects is that this perfect daughter, wife, andmother, always so eager to see to the happiness of others, would bewilling to risk everything for love. From the moment she encountershis beautiful portraits in a group show, Polly cannot get LincolnBennett out of her mind. Soon she and the solitary, kindheartedpainter are wrapped up in a deep and thrilling romance, and Pollyhas never felt more euphoric—or more terrified. Previously shedivided women into two groups—those who have affairs and those whodo not—and placed herself firmly in the latter category. How couldshe have been so wrong? And what does her passion for Lincoln sayabout the genuine pleasure she takes in her marriage and herfamily?A sophisticated, sincere, and ultimately hopeful novel about thesearch for fulfillment, Family Happiness is a testament tothe clarity of Laurie Colwin's vision and the elegance of hercraft.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Laurie Colwinincluding rare photos and never-before-seen documents from theauthor's estate.