A Happy Marriage

  • by Rafael Yglesias
  • Narrated by Grover Gardner
  • 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Happy Marriage is both intimate and expansive: It is the story of Enrique Sabas and his wife, Margaret, a novel that alternates between the romantic misadventures of the first weeks of their courtship and the final months of Margaret’s life as she says good-bye to her family, friends, children, and Enrique. Spanning 30 years, this achingly honest story is about what it means for two people to spend a lifetime together and what makes a happy marriage. Bold, elegiac, and emotionally suspenseful, Yglesias’s beautiful novel will break every reader’s heart while encouraging all of us with its clear-eyed evocation of the enduring value of marriage.

Yglesias's career as a novelist began in 1970 when he wrote an autobiographical novel at sixteen, hailed by critics for its stunning and revelatory depiction of adolescence. A Happy Marriage, his first work of fiction in thirteen years, was inspired by his relationship with his wife, Margaret, who died in 2004.


What the Critics Say

"[A] devastatingly raw appraisal of a nearly 30-year marriage...heart-wrenching." (Publishers Weekly)
"A profound deliberation on the nature of love, marriage, and the process of dying....A tour de force...[Yglesias] has found the novel of his life." (The New York Times)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Heartbreaking and beautiful

The narrator is perfect for this book, and I'm a HUGE fan of Yglesias's narrative voice. His characters are likeable and human, flawed and petty and gorgeous, and I'm completely taken with the story, as heartbreaking as it is.
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- Avonelle

the story the beginning and the end of a marriage

hard to listen to at times, the ups and downs of a romance and real life marrriage and death of a spouse.
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- marsha

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-01-2010
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.