A Happy Marriage Rafael Yglesias' autobiographical novel — he too was a literary wunderkind who met and married a vivacious beauty named Margaret, and then lost her, devastatingly,… A Happy Marriage Rafael Yglesias' autobiographical novel — he too was a literary wunderkind who met and married a vivacious beauty named Margaret, and then lost her, devastatingly,… 2009-07-07 Fiction Memoir Scribner
Book Review

A Happy Marriage (2009)

A Happy Marriage | A Happy Marriage by Rafael Yglesias
A Happy Marriage by Rafael Yglesias
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jul 07, 2009; Writer: Rafael Yglesias; Genres: Fiction, Memoir; Publisher: Scribner

Rafael Yglesias' autobiographical novel — he too was a literary wunderkind who met and married a vivacious beauty named Margaret, and then lost her, devastatingly, to cancer — dovetails in alternating chapters the beginning and end of a 30-year marriage. But A Happy Marriage is far from a nuptial hagiography. He recounts the triumphs and failures of a well-matched relationship with raw, often brutal honesty. Any 21-year-old can rhapsodize over the curves of his beloved's cheekbones; it's the decades that follow — battered by infidelity, altered by age and circumstance, ravaged by disease — that reveal both the limits and transcendence of a true, lasting love. A–

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Originally posted Aug 04, 2009 Published in issue #1060 Aug 14, 2009 Order article reprints