How much happiness is too much?


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


This week’s teaser:

I am comvinced that my father looked at me, stared at me, saw me, only once. After that, he could take for granted what was there.

Alice Munro, “Face”, from Too Much Happiness. p.138



“Too Much Happiness,” the title story of Alice Munro’s latest collection, is a brilliant distillation of her Chekhovian art. Though it’s based on the life of the 19th-century Russian mathematician Sophia Kovalevsky, and takes place in Europe rather than the author’s native Canada, the tale showcases all of Ms. Munro’s gifts as a master of the short story form, while recapitulating many of the themes that have animated her fiction over four decades: the complicated arithmetic of familial relationships, the freedoms and constraints imposed by marriage, the competing claims of love and independence that women must balance in trying to forge identities of their own.

New York Times


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