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Hard Laughter: A Novel Paperback – April 15, 1979
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A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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“The appeal of this book is . . . that it has much to say about how a good family works . . . in times both hard and easy . . . It's a moving and strangely joyful book, a kind of celebration, and it's written with an assurance far beyond the reach of most first novelists.” ―Anne Tyler, The New York Times Book Review
“If love is details, so is storytelling, and Anne Lamott excels at it. Her way with analogy, metaphor, and evocative detail is subtle; her ability to shift from the specific to the general to the specific again, superb.” ―Suzanne Mantell, The Nation
About the Author
Anne Lamott is the author of five novels and two works of nonfiction, Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird. She lives in Northern California.
Top Customer Reviews
I believe in these characters - precisely because they aren't predictable or tidy. They have big gaps in their development, like most people do. They fall apart and put themselves back together in unexpected, astonishing ways. Each one survives in spite of and because of their love of one another.
It is a book of unusual relationships during the days of an extraordinary time. Lamott introduces each character and their actions with a generous spirit. The reader by turns loves, understands, is appalled by, then forgives and loves again each of them.
I hated to leave them when the book was over. I wanted to have a beer with them, to take a walk on the beach with them, to laugh with them long and hard at how much life hurts sometimes - and how grand it is to be alive.
I recommend this book to anyone who knows the pain and joy of loving extraordinary people. If you want a large-hearted soul to spend time with, read Anne Lamott's "Hard Laughter" - you won't be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author claims Christianity then re issues this... she is a spiritualist perhaps but not a Christian. We are to renew our minds...not stick them in the mudPublished 1 month ago by A Mountain Mom
This was the first Anne Lamott novel I'd read,,,I decided to order her other 5 books before I'd finished it because it was so enjoyable. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael D. Gilmore
I love Anne so much! I lived in a similar town in CA (further up the coast) and I was delighted by descriptions of community and relationships. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Somebody's Nurse
Anne Lamott writes like she's talking to her best friend...she's intimate and honest and beautifully shameless. I couldn't love it more unless she was right here reading it to me.Published 7 months ago by Beverly Johnston