The Struggle for Happiness

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Ruthann Robson

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The Struggle for Happiness is a collection of loosely interwoven stories that explore the condition of a series of finely drawn characters and their various desires-desires for love, belonging, home, and happiness. Ranging in tone from utopian visions to stark realism and populated by a unique collection of women-from the guitarist whose supposedly dead lover turns up at one of her concerts, to the professor who has lost her ability to trust in anything; from the psychic at a popular gay resort, to the critic and would-be writer-the pieces in The Struggle for Happiness are sure to delight and astonish longtime fans of Ruthann Robson and new readers alike.

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The Struggle for Happiness
black squirrelsThe beautiful days are the worst.The bitter blue of the sky. The sun glaring like an interrogation spotlight: Confess every crime; betray every accomplice. The innocent green of the trees hiding the terrible spores and pollens and industrial chemicals that make me sneeze and ache and cry.Although for a moment, sometimes, when the temperate breezes have massaged me into a state of relaxation, the sky and the sun and the trees all possess a majestic clarity. But resplendence is always sharpened by impending loss.

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"The author paints a compelling picture of two very rich characters whose lives are destined to collide...[The story] builds to an exciting peak and by the end the reader is hooked." --Library Journal on a/k/a

"Robson immerses us in language that tests its own limits even while delighting in them." --Lambda Book Report on The Struggle for Happiness

"Slowly, tantalizingly, this well-crafted novel weaves the threads of these women's lives together, divulging a bit more background here, a chance encounter there...fascinating." --Booklist on a/k/a

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Ruthann Robson

Ruthann Robson is a professor at the City University of New York School of Law. She has been recognized by The Village Voice as the nation's "leading authority on lesbians and law." She is the author of four books of fiction, most recently Another Mother and a/k/a and five books of nonfiction, including Sappho Goes to Law School. Her book of short stories Eye of a Hurricane was the winner of the Ferro-Grumley award for Fiction. She was twice a Lambda Award Finalist and has been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award.

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The Struggle for Happiness
Stories
Ruthann Robson

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St. Martin's Press
March 2001
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ISBN: 9780312273958
ISBN10: 0312273959
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
$7.99
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