Starting from Happy (Paperback)

By Patricia Marx

Scribner Book Company, 9781439101292, 234pp.

Publication Date: March 13, 2012

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Description

"A poignant portrait of a long-term relationship, with all the disappointments and occasional triumphs that entails. A funny, sad and original take on the mating game" (Kirkus Reviews).

While waiting in line for apple pie at a party, Imogene Gilfeather, a lingerie designer who does not understand the reason for romance, meets Wally Yez, a scientist. Imogene is told that Wally is the perfect guy. ("Perfect," she replies, "is not my type.") Unfazed by Imogene's indifference, Wally resolves to win her over. E-mails turn into late-night phone calls; one date turns into two and then more.

Wally is certain he and Imogene are meant for each other. (They both use mechanical pencils Neither has had mumps ) But convincing his beloved is another matter. In defiance of the odds, or the gods, or perhaps just Imogene's qualms, Wally and Imogene become a pair. Will Imogene indulge Wally's longing for children? Can they possibly end as happily as they've begun?

Starting from Happy is a winning and sophisticated look at a rather zany couple as they come of age, and then just age--by one of the finest comic writers of our time.


About the Author

Patricia Marx is a former writer for Saturday Night Live whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, Time magazine, and The New York Times, among other publications. The first woman elected to the Harvard Lampoon, she is the author of a previous novel, Him Her Him Again The End of Him, which was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for Humor, as well as several humor books and children's books.


Praise For Starting from Happy

"Patty Marx is a genius of trenchant zaniness."

--Lorrie Moore, author of A Gate at the Stairs



“Stylish and sarcastic. Marx moves the story forward with infectious zeal and allows readers to revel in a quirky take on sex (and death) in the city.” --Publishers Weekly



"Patty Marx is an authentic wit and her book is funny and often brilliant." –Woody Allen



“A funny boy-meets-girl novel in witty, quick bits that read like your best friend’s best tweets.”

--O Magazine



“A book that’s moving and sweet. As the summer lopes toward its end, those looking for one last beach read could do a lot worse than to read this unexpectedly lovely book - in fact, one could hardly do better.” --Boston Globe



“A poignant portrait of a long-term relationship, with all the disappointments and occasional triumphs that entails. A funny, sad and original take on the mating game.” --Kirkus Reviews



“Comedic high art. Readers who enjoy the sly observations of Nora Ephron and the smart silliness of Woody Allen and Steve Martin should try Starting from Happy.” --Booklist

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