The Sad Truth About Happiness: by Anne GiardiniThe Sad Truth About Happiness: by Anne Giardini

The Sad Truth About Happiness:

byAnne Giardini

Paperback | August 31, 2006

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A beautiful and affecting novel -- bittersweet and comic -- on the elusive nature of happiness

Maggie is in her early thirties, gainfully employed, between relationships, and ready for a change. But when she takes a quiz in a magazine that promises to predict the date of a person's death, she's shocked to learn she's going to die before her next birthday unless she can somehow discover contentment in life. What ensues is a quirky and satisfying journey in pursuit of true happiness, a quest that leads to unexpected joys and perceptions.

Title:The Sad Truth About Happiness:Format:PaperbackDimensions:278 pages, 8.02 × 5.4 × 0.74 inPublished:August 31, 2006Publisher:Harper PerennialLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060741775

ISBN - 13:9780060741778

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lyrical sentences The lasting impression for this book is that it is beautifully written with lyrical sentences. I am definitely amazed to the amount of poetic words that could be used to describe a simple sunset - admiration for Giardini's talent. Storyline-wise, it is not very convincing and quite pessimistic. This book gives you a feelings that happiness is hard to come by, but on the other hand it could also be very simple.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from very poor Our book club read this book and unanimously disliked it. The characters are poorly developed and thus unremarkable. None of us could even describe the main character, unless we used the words "bland" and "lifeless". Maggies' three boyfriends materialize out of nowhere and add absolutely nothing to either the plot or the development of Maggies' character. Ms. Giardini uses similies like a preschooler uses glue - with great abundance resulting in a blurry and indistinct final product. We all asked the same question - how did this book get past an editor, nevermind the publisher?
Date published: 2006-10-19

Editorial Reviews

“First-time novelist Anne Giardini delivers a powerful story [and] a character for the ages.”