And Yet They Were Happy

And Yet They Were Happy

By Helen Phillips

Leapfrog Press, Paperback, 9781935248187, 309pp.

Publication Date: May 17, 2011


A young couple comes of age in a surreal world of apocalypse, delight, longing, and tenderness.

About the Author
Helen Phillips is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award and the Italo Calvino Prize, among others. Her collection And Yet They Were Happy was named a notable book by the Story Prize, and her work has been featured on PRI s Selected Shorts and in Tin House, Electric Literature, and BOMB. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Brooklyn College and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and children.

Praise For And Yet They Were Happy

"[Helen] Phillips' brashly experimental debut novel charts via linked fables the course of a young couple who fall in love, survive many floods, get married, have fights, make mistakes, and create a familythe whole shebang revealed in completely surreal yet oddly everyday prose."Elle

"Surreal miniaturist Helen Phillips’s debut collection, And Yet They Were Happy, is full of gems."—Vanity Fair