Family Happiness
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2001
I first read Laurie Colwin's _Family Happiness_, years ago, and it just gets better.Polly Solo-Miller Demarest is an outwardly conventional upper-middle class Manhattan wife and mother.She has looks, brains, social graces, money, and a secret life.She unexpectedly fell in love with the dashing Lincoln Bennett, a semi-monastic, and very good artist.Her inner conflicts drive this beautifully written, engaging book.This is similar, in theme, to Anne Tyler's _Back When We Were Grownups_, but Colwin's characters are far more interesting and personally appealing, and there is more resolution.This book is for anyone who has a complicated, hard to define inner life.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2001
This is a wonderful book. I'm always sad to go the Laurie Colwin section in my library and know there will be nothing new, but knowing this book is usually there makes me feel a little better.
Polly's conflict is age old. In the middle of a seemingly wonderful life, the ache she feels is really touching. I think the search for her real self and the chaos it creates to the people around her is so funny and sad at the same time. It askes the question: Who am I really?
I love Polly's family and the way she relates to each member. As just their Polly, she is ultimate diplomat. The toll this task takes, I think, I something many women can relate to. I know I can. And while I'm not sure an affair is the answer, it fills the emptiness and helps her to realize that she is a person with needs too.
I love all of Laurie Colwin's books. This one, though, is my favorite.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2013
I have read this book several times and finally decided to buy it for myself so I can re-read it whenever I want to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2015
A nice review on NPR, but a bland and boring book.
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on October 8, 2014
I enjoyed this book very much. It really looks at marriage problems realistically. It also faces the problem of sexual affairs. It might help American women understand and accept the maybe helpfulness of an affair to the marriage.
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on May 6, 2013
I have read this book many times over the years. I love her descriptions of everyday life in Manhattan, family dynamics, food. Highly recommended.
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on September 24, 2013
The book was somewhat dated, but enjoyable. Mrs. Colwin developed her characters well, but I found the story somewhat drawn out.
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on April 22, 2015
This whole story could have been told in one chapter. Very boring. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE.
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on March 25, 2015
Long time coffee drinker. Best ever. Perfect Sumatra
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2014
Mediocre and boring.
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