Saturday, July 10, 2010

Happy Now?

Loss. Short story writer Katherine Shonk’s first novel is titled Happy Now? and in it she presents a well-developed character, Claire Kessler, in the months following the Valentine’s Day suicide of her husband, Jay. Claire’s confusion, shock and disorientation become supported by the cast of characters who try to provide her with support as she searches for understanding and some way to live again. While few readers face such dramatic tragedy in our own lives, the way in which Shonk presents family relationships will resonate with most readers, and the fine writing encourages readers to empathize with Claire and with those who are proving her support in her grief.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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