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Happy Like This | Ashley Wurzbacher
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The characters in Happy Like This are smart girls and professional women--social scientists, linguists, speech therapists, plant physiologists, dancers--who search for happiness in roles and relationships that are often unscripted or unconventional. Spanning a wide range of distinct perspectives, voices, styles, and settings, the ten shimmering stories in Happy Like This offer deeply felt, often humorous meditations on the complexity of choice and the ambiguity of happiness.
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Happy Like This | Ashley Wurzbacher
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I often have a hard time connecting to short stories or end up wanting more. I was drawn to this collection mainly because it‘s published by University of Iowa Press (my alma mater) and won the Iowa Short Fiction Award.

So glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone. These ten stories are all about smart women in different stages of their lives and the choices they are faced with, each on their own search for happiness and fulfillment. Cont‘d ⬇️

sprainedbrain The writing is just gorgeous, the characters all unique and real, and I saw a little of myself in more that one of their internal explorations. There‘s a story about a professional ballet dancer who has recently ended a pregnancy that just floored me. A story about a family of four each dealing with their own issues and coexisting that felt authentic. 4mo
sprainedbrain Themes of loss and new beginnings throughout, with wit and humor sprinkled throughout. I took my time with these stories and I‘m really surprised with how connected I was to each one. Fantastic storytelling, and I look forward to more from this author.


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JennyM Sounds fantastic! Great review 😊 4mo
Megabooks Sold! 4mo
MicheleinPhilly Sold! And I‘m not big on short stories either. GREAT review! 4mo
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