Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Get Latest Book News + FREE Shipping. Subscribe to the Boomerang Books Bulletin eNewsletter right now!

Description - State of Happiness by Stella Duffy

Duffy is best known for her sharp insights and sharper wit, and both are on display here...Brave, understated and unforgettable' DAILY MAIL When Jack and Cindy meet at a friend's party they are immediately attracted to one another. Cindy, a celebrated mapmaker, traces the contours of their relationship, from New York to LA, from first passion to real love. After five years together, Cindy and Jack think they have tested their love to its limits. But then Cindy falls dangerously ill, and the couple must face the hardest test of all. Told with wit, tenderness and unflinching honesty, STATE OF HAPPINESS is a captivating story of love and loss from a writer at the height of her powers. 'STATE OF HAPPINESS is a sharp, sobering cocktail spiked with metaphysic, immense good humour and understanding. Stella Duffy gets better and better' Ali Smith, author of HOTEL WORLD

Buy State of Happiness by Stella Duffy from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781844080236
ISBN-10: 1844080234
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x 18mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions - State of Happiness by Stella Duffy

Book Reviews - State of Happiness by Stella Duffy

US Kirkus Review » A cartographer and big-selling author charts the progress of her cancer. Despite her babyish first name, Cindy Frier is no giddy scribbler of contemporary fluff. What's in a name, anyway? In British author Duffy's latest (Wavewalker, 1996, etc.), the answer is everything. Cindy wrote her thesis on the hidden meaning of maps and mapmaking. (For confused readers, the forced connection here is place names.) Then she turned it into an acclaimed book with the pretentious and oddly punctuated title Dis-Location-the function of space over time: Naming as Generation. (Should anyone doubt the worth of this unlikely bestseller, arcane quotes from it preface each chapter.) Apparently a "hungry public" just can't get enough of the hitherto-unplumbed subject of mapmaking metaphysics, or of Cindy's incredible ability to combine "measured truths with potential magic." Other fun facts about Cindy: She's only 26. She has great skin. She likes to munch on pistachios, which she keeps in her pocket. In other words, she's sort of real. Prickly by nature and resentful of her fame, Cindy warms up to working-class, mixed-race British reporter Jack Stratton at a Manhattan party. For some inexplicable reason, he's given a TV news show of his very own shortly thereafter, in Los Angeles. The lovers move to southern California, while Cindy thinks deep and generally incomprehensible thoughts on the meaning of that journey, with a few nods to all journeys made by humanity throughout time, etc. But it's not long before Cindy is diagnosed with breast cancer and turns to creating a detailed physical and psychological map of that experience, from the devouring of the body to the corrosive effect upon the soul. Duffy, herself a survivor of breast cancer, spares no details. Chilly and pretentious fictionalizing of a devastating disease. (Kirkus Reviews)


» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about State of Happiness book by Stella Duffy and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Author Biography - Stella Duffy

Stella Duffy is the author of seven novels and the Saz Martin crime series. She has published over thirty short stories, many feature articles, and also writes for radio and theatre. Stella Duffy was born in the UK, grew up in New Zealand and now lives in London. In addition to her writing work she is an actor and improviser.

Books By Stella Duffy

Nursing Home Murder by Stella Duffy
Hardback, July 2017
$22.49
Hidden Room by Stella Duffy
Paperback, July 2017
$26.99
London Lies Beneath by Stella Duffy
Paperback, March 2017
$20.69
Everything is Moving, Everything is Joined by Stella Duffy
Paperback, September 2014
$19.07