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Product Details

  • Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press, Black Cat (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802170749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802170743
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,929,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. The reader eagerly waits for the hammer to fall in these 11 wickedly drawn stories by the author of Wavemaker II. Hughes's characters are skillfully delineated modern types, caught off-guard and vulnerable, such as Raymond, the glib, successful writer of The Aces, who, while in Rome with his pregnant wife, runs into a former fling that ended badly: Kind of comic, really, but then he remembered that maybe he'd been a bit of a bastard. In the marvelously rueful Blue Grass, the young woman narrator senses that her longtime lover is becoming less attracted to her, and an unlikely triangle forms as the narrator becomes attracted to her just-buried sister's boyfriend. Each of the tales opens out to surprising plot twists, such as in Guidance, which recounts the surreal adventures of a model who had been living the high life in Tokyo before marrying an older, rich American bad guy, becoming pregnant with twins, and essentially being imprisoned within a walled compound in Jakarta. The resonant title story, set in the aftermath of 9/11 as a mother comes to terms with the loss of her son, caps this intensely moving collection. (June)
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“These stories are devastating, poignant, desperate, and true.”—Mary Gaitskill

"Hughes is a quietly gorgeous writer, lavishing startling metaphors on her halflost souls. . . . [The] tone is often hushed, lending the collection a discreet, old-fashioned quality reminiscent of a restrained writer like Mavis Gallant. . . . Her stories begin like a train already in motion; the reader must trot to get a handhold and swing up. The elegant phrasing, the general hush, the condensation—all this contributes to a satisfying sense of intimacy . . . in this delicate, tender [collection].” —The New York Times Book Review

“The stories in this excellent collection meander with the sureness of streams discovering their paths. Hughes keeps her prose close to her characters’ thoughts, and doles out the most crucial information on the sly. . . . [Her] careful but unobtrusive organization gives even the saddest revelations—and most revelations here are sad—an air of the miraculous.”—The New Yorker

“[An] assured collection . . . of stylish, intricate stories about seemingly ordinary people . . . whose secrets, discoveries, longings, and subterfuges are anything but. [Hughes is] an emerging master of the form.”—Elle

“The reader eagerly waits for the hammer to fall in these eleven wickedly drawn stories. . . . Hughes’s characters are skillfully delineated modern types, caught off-guard and vulnerable . . . [by] surprising plot twists. . . . [An] intensely moving collection.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. E. Selby on December 11, 2010
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Want to meet a bunch of very unhappy people, but not in person, just on the page? Then Mary-Beth Hughes' "Double Happiness" is for you.
She has a wonderful style of writing. And that I greatly admire.
However, I could only take one story at a time simply because I have a difficult time dealing with depression. And it seems to me that everyone of her characters is depressed, unable to connect with anyone else.
Grief permeates this book which, by the way, is not a novel as some reviewers claim.
What I really wanted to do was give it a five-star for the quality of the writing. And a one-star for the lack of pleasure this book of stories gave this reader.
I know! I know! Reading shouldn't be only about feel-good stuff. But couldn't Ms. Hughes have given me just one story in which the characters are not depressed and disconnected from others?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Landes on January 10, 2011
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This book is one of the short-story compilations named to the 2010 NY Times Notable Books list. As short-stories go, I definitely rate these higher than average but I am not as entranced by them as the NY Times apparently was. I have read that Hughes writing style is compact and biting. I don't see it. The characters in the book are largely troubled--take for example the girl's father who clearly was having an affair (or multiple affairs) and his daughter happened to walk into that mess in a high end department store. The father didn't seem nearly as troubled as the woman. In another story a young man escapes his family to the countryside home only to see them come and visit more frequently than he wishes. Finally the last story of the book Double Happiness which portrays a woman whose husband was killed on 9/11. "Anyone who came to work that day and took the elevator up to the 77th floor and higher didn't make it." I couldn't get too existed by these stories and didn't see the genius in them to be honest. I can't honestly recommend them.
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Like the evocatively carved sculptures on the book cover, each of these stories is beautiful and haunting. Not only does Hughes deliver deeply intricate characters, but also subtle and wickedly humorous ones. There is such tenderness and loveliness...one has to ruminate after each paragraph at the profound way in which Hughes delivers the reader such human consciousness.

I love this line in The Widow of Combarelles, "Let him sip and think as if she were nothing but a vapor, or maybe she would be a flame. His choice."

Hughes gives the reader a stunningly delicate and rich picture of each of her very different characters and how their doubts, loves, grief, successes, losses, and uncertainties have shaped their lives.

Hughes is obviously an artist- a master architect of prose.

Overall, an astonishing collection of work: one of the most poignant and thought provoking that I have read.
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These stories are gorgeous. A must read for the beautiful prose and the complex nature of her painfully human characters. These stories are a work of art. New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010 and rightly so.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia on July 8, 2010
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Reading Hughes' stories I felt like I was eating a thick, juicy steak after days of too many salads. Hughes writes sparely in short sentences but each word counts. As I read I felt I was skimming on the top of the abrupt sentences then as meanings began to open up I sank into the meat of the words. Her title story "Double Happiness" is about living with and getting through grief. Most of the other stories are about living with pain or at least sadness but her insight makes them uplifting. It's amazing how her seemingly unemotional style is so emotive.
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