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Description - State of Happiness by Stella Duffy

When Jack and Cindy meet at a friend's party they are immediately attracted to one another. But neither could have predicted the journey they would take together over the next seven years. From New York to LA, through undisguised passion and hidden secrets, they come to realise the truth about themselves and their feelings for each other. Cindy and Jack think they have tested their love to its limits and passed with flying colours. But life has other plans, and when Cindy falls dangerously ill, they face their greatest challenge. Heartbreaking, inspirational and beautiful, STATE OF HAPPINESS captures the truth about love, and the truth about death. It is, quite simply, a tour de force.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781844081134
ISBN-10: 1844081133
Format: Hardback
(198mm x 126mm x mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 15-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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)


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Author Biography - Stella Duffy

Stella Duffy was born in the UK and grew up in New Zealand. She has written seven novels, co-edited a crime anthology for Macmillan, acted in the West End and taught improvisational comedy to both actors and writers. She has also written several pieces for Radio 4. She lives in London.

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