This Is Happy

November 15, 2017|
This Is Happy by Camilla Gibb
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''"All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them,'' Isak Dinesen once said. Sorrows are all pain otherwise, pain without sense or meaning. But joys, too, it seems to me, need their context. And sometimes their coexistence needs to be borne. The coexistence or possibility of the opposite can be what gives an experience its meaning. At its simplest, that is a story." —Camilla Gibb, This Is Happy

     In this profoundly moving memoir, Camilla Gibb, the award-winning, bestselling author of Sweetness in the Belly and The Beauty of Humanity Movement, reveals the intensity of the grief that besieged her as the happiness of a longed for family shattered. Grief that lived in a potent mix with the solace that arose with the creation of another, most unexpected family. A family constituted by a small cast of resilient souls, adults broken in the way many of us are, united in love for a child. Reflecting on tangled moments of past sadness and joy, alienation and belonging, Gibb revisits her stories now in relation to the happy daughter who will inherit them, and she finds there new meaning and beauty.
     Raw and unflinching, intelligent and humane, This Is Happy asks the big questions and finds answers in the tender moments of the everyday.

Heather's Review

To write a truly great memoir first requires a tremendous amount of honesty. When we look back at our own lives we can’t help but revise, edit, and rationalize. Pulling those threads apart to get at the truth is impossible without profound, painful honesty and intense personal insight. It also requires immense courage to let those de...

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CAMILLA GIBB is the author of four novels--Mouthing the Words, The Petty Details of So-and-so''s Life, Sweetness in the Belly and The Beauty of Humanity Movement--and has been the recipient of the Trillium Book Award, the City of Toronto Book Award and the CBC Canadian Literary Award and shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Cam...
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Title:This Is Happy
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:288 pages, 8.54 X 5.81 X 0.98 in
Shipping dimensions:288 pages, 8.54 X 5.81 X 0.98 in
Published:November 15, 2017
Publisher:Doubleday Canada
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780385678124

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