Author(s): Lily Tuck
A riveting and deeply moving portrait of love and marriage. "His hand is growing cold, still she holds it," is how this story begins. Unfolding over a single night, Nina sits at the bedside of her husband, Philip, whose sudden and unexpected death is the reason for her lonely vigil. Too shocked yet to grieve, she lets herself remember the defining moments of their long marriage, beginning with their first meeting in Paris. She is an artist, he a highly accomplished mathematician -- it was a collision of two different worlds that merged to form an intricate and passionate love. As the reader is drawn through select memories -- real and imagined -- of events that occurred in places as distant and disparate as France, Wisconsin, Hong Kong, Mexico, and California, Tuck reveals the most private intimacies, dark secrets, and overwhelming joys that shaped the lives of Nina and Philip. Moving, powerful, and utterly engaging, I Married You for Happiness is a riveting portrait of a forty-three-year-old marriage, an elegant elegy to a man and a meditation on how chance can affect both a life and love.
Praise for The News From Paraguay: 'Tuck's prose is elegant, the subject well researched.' New York Times Book Review 'The episodic style achieves many lovely moments. Images are so vivid you can almost smell them.' Washington Post Book World 'Decorous detail and vivid imagery!Reading "The News from Paraguay" feels like looking into a crystal ball: seeing pieces of a garden, storm clouds building, lives passing.' Los Angeles Times 'A tense, elegant novel!Paraguay emerges as Tuck's characters do, imperceptibly, until the sounds, smells, and colors of the country saturate the pages.' Boston Globe 'Tuck's knack for shaving a scene to its essence feeds the book's speedy pace. And when linked, such snapshots build a portrait of a lost place and time.' San Francisco Chronicle
Lily Tuck was born in Paris and is the author of four previous novels -- Interviewing Matisse, The Woman Who Walked on Water, the PEN/Faulkner award finalist Siam and The News From Paraguay, which won the National Book Award -- as well as a collection of stories, Limbo, and Other Places I Have Lived. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker and the Paris Review. She lives in New York City.