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In childhood she catapults from one charitable home to another, abused by fellow residents and schoolmates, and eventually winds up sleeping on park benches. As a young woman she falls prey to a sadistic wealthy patron who kidnaps her. With graceful and often poetic simplicity, Millet thrusts us into the childlike mind of a person who has a limited ability to make herself understood in an unforgiving world. This woman's story--covering decades and spanning continents--is utterly tragic, yet her capacity for joy shines throughout. It's quite an about-face from Millet's last novel, the silly and satirical George Bush, Dark Prince of Love. Despite its many abstractions (Where are we? How much time has passed?), the book flows easily and doesn't step outside this determined, faithful woman's story for a second. Her character may not have a name, but readers will ultimately trust her--in happiness and in sorrow. --Emily Russin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I have a library of books that I've read, and have over 1,000 books in it. I keep a special place for my five favorite books and this was one of them. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bayou Boy
Having previously read Miller's trilogy and enjoyed it, I wanted to read this which probably had slightly better reviews. I was not disappointed. Read morePublished 6 months ago by James M. Kangas
This was a heartbreaking and beautiful little book. I had a tough time dealing with all the terrible things that continued to happen to such an innocent compassionate narrator. Read morePublished 10 months ago by AWL
Wow, did I read the same book? This review is totally out of character for me but I have to say this is the stupidest book I have ever read. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Beth
I read this book in the span of a day more than a decade ago and it seriously changed my perspective on life. I still treasure and talk about this book to this day.Published 17 months ago by Sibyl Karenina
A friend of mine suggested it for Millet's voice, and she really came through. On every single page there were sentences that you like mallets in your guts.Published on May 2, 2013 by Igor
You have to read it to understand. Amazing. I could not put it down once I started to read it.Published on March 29, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Flawlessly composed and poignantly imagined, My Happy Life is a short but intense novel of delicate power and fierce grace, an arresting tour of an unnamed naïf's psyche and a... Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by Evelyn Getchell
This book will tug at your heart, with it's unusual premise and lead character. I'm not sure it's the kind of book that you could love but it does hold your attention and make you... Read morePublished on February 9, 2008 by Weekly Reader