Skip to main content
Cover for I Married You for Happiness

I Married You for Happiness

Barbara Caruso (Read by), Lily Tuck


List Price: 26.95*
* Individual store prices may vary.

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (9/19/2011)
Paperback (9/11/2012)
Compact Disc (9/20/2011)
Compact Disc (9/20/2011)
MP3 CD (9/20/2011)
Hardcover (1/1/2012)
Hardcover (9/6/2011)
Hardcover, Large Print (11/1/2011)

October 2011 Indie Next List

“Lily Tuck's new novel is a gem. Sitting beside the body of her husband who has died unexpectedly while she was making dinner, Nina spends the whole night with his body, remembering their marriage of 43 years -- the early years as well as the highlights, both the good and the difficult. Written with honesty by a woman who clearly understands relationships and all of the intimacies and secrets that go along with marriage, this is a novel to be savored.”
— Penny McConnel, Norwich Bookstore, Norwich, VT
View the List


Slender, potent, and utterly engaging, I Married You For Happiness combines marriage, mathematics, and the probability of an afterlife to create Lily Tuck's most affecting and riveting book yet.

“His hand is growing cold, still she holds it” is how this novel that tells the story of a marriage begins. The tale unfolds over a single night as Nina sits at the bedside of her husband, Philip, whose sudden and unexpected death is the reason for her lonely vigil. Still too shocked to grieve, she lets herself remember the defining moments of their long union, beginning with their meeting in Paris. She is an artist, he a highly accomplished mathematician: a collision of two different worlds that merged to form an intricate and passionate love. As we move through select memories—real and imagined—Tuck reveals the most private intimacies, dark secrets, and overwhelming joys that defined Nina and Philip's life together.

Praise For I Married You for Happiness

“Tuck’s skill is immense, as is Caruso’s, and there’s not a word of this heartbreaking but compelling listening experience that feels false or unearned.”

“Barbara Caruso’s nuanced narration and crisp delivery match the author’s prose and her command of language. . . . Highly recommended for fans of contemporary literary fiction.”
       —Publishers Weekly

“Strangely captivating. . . . It will make you chafe. It will strike a chord.”
      —Washington Post

HighBridge Company, 9781611746198

Publication Date: September 20, 2011

About the Author

BARBARA CARUSO is an American graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She enjoys a rich acting career which has included Broadway, off Broadway, and many theaters across the country. On those stages she has performed in plays by Shakespeare, Chekov, Williams, O’Neil, and Neil Simon, to name but a few.

Spoken word audio is an important part of that career. Her countless recordings include the works of Edith Wharton, Margaret Atwood, Maeve Binchy, Louisa May Alcott, Willa Cather, and children’s classics. AudioFile magazine has chosen her one of their Voices of the Century. She’s won numerous Earphones Awards, including for her narration of The Year of Magical Thinking (an Audie® Award finalist) and The House of Scorta, both published by HighBridge. She is the recipient of the Alexander Scourby Award, presented by the American Foundation for the Blind.

LILY TUCK is the author of several previous novels including Siam, or the Woman Who Shot a Man which was nominated for the 2000 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and The News From Paraguay, winner of the National Book Award.