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And Yet They Were Happy

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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 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Review" and "Salt Hill Journal, " among others, and in the anthologies "American Fiction: The Best Previously Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Authors" and "The Hotel St. George Infinitely Expanding Library of New Fabulist Fiction."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.

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