And Yet They Were Happy
By Helen Phillips
(Leapfrog Press, Paperback, 9781935248187, 180pp.)
Publication Date: May 2011
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A young couple comes of age in a surreal world of apocalypse, delight, longing, and tenderness.
Helen Phillips received a 2009 Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, the 2009 Meridian Editors’ Prize, and the 2008 Italo Calvino Fabulist Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in Mississippi Review and Salt Hill Journal, among others, and in the anthologies American Fiction: The Best Previously Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Authors and The Hotel St. George Infinitely Expanding Library of New Fabulist Fiction. Helen is a graduate of Yale and Brooklyn College’s MFA programs. She teaches creative writing at Brooklyn College.
"[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