Item description for The Book of Happy Endings: True Stories About Finding Love by Elise Valmorbida...
This is a collection of life-affirming stories about couples who met and fell in love. So you know the endings already. Or do you? There is nothing predictable here. The storytelling is inspired, at once poetic and real. The style is deceptively simple and the themes are international. Love is old and young. Love breaks through borders.
This jewel of a book will make you cry for joy and yearn for more.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 4.75" Height: 7" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Sep 10, 2007
Publisher Cyan Communications
ISBN 1905736037 ISBN13 9781905736034
Availability 0 units.
More About Elise Valmorbida
The author's first book, "Matilde Waltzing" (Allen & Unwin) was nominated for two prestigious literary awards. She currently runs a communications consultancy and teaches creative writing at the University of the Arts London.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Book of Happy Endings: True Stories About Finding Love?
A Real Gift Aug 1, 2008
I was given the The Book of Happy Endings as a birthday present and now I've bought several more copies for friends (the person who gave it to me had bought ten!). What makes this book so `giftable'? Well, everything delights! The author Elise Valmorbida has crafted a beautiful garland of true love stories. The stories are quite distinct one from another and show love in all its moods from quiet-tentative to yip-yip-yahoo! Next - it's a handsome object - the design, the b & w photographs, the format - it just feels good in the hand. And finally The Book of Happy Endings really delivers - it does what it says on the label!
Wonderful, wonderful Feb 19, 2008
Elise Valmorbida's Book of Happy Endings was a delight to read. Her prose style is perfect for short stories. I particularly liked coming upon the letter exchanges. If we only knew what happened next with these wonderful couples. At a Christmas party, we met the next couple Ms. Valmorbida should interview for inclusion in "Happy Endings", part II. Please come to America, Ms. Valmorbida, and write our stories.
Every story is so different and uplifting. Dec 11, 2007
With so few words Valmorbida can convey so much. There is everything in this amazing collection of love stories. You will feel many emotions but, as the title indicates, there is always a happy ending. And they're all true! I envy the author's experience while interviewing such a diverse group of people. The photographic illustrations are a wonderful and thought-provoking complement.
We Love To Talk About Love Oct 12, 2007
At the offices of ForeWord Magazine, we all read ValMorbida's book and talked about it, over coffee and online. We loved it! Here are the highlights:
Loved "Happy Endings". My favorite stories were So Dear, New Light, Just Right, the story about Sam and Fergus and of course I couldn't wait for Marcus and Michele to meet again. Their letter writing skills gave me hope that it hasn't become a lost art.
We had a great discussion in the office about the 2 professors...can love really be that explosive? MAB
Those letters going back and forth from NYC to London seem like the real kind of magic glue that holds relationships together. Not just that they were writing on real paper with real ink, but that there was a chance encounter, a reticence, a compromise, the giving and taking and small steps forward and back that are invisible is the lusty clouds of movies, but are really so much of what makes a relationship breathtaking. (HLS)
These stories remind me of a woman I met recently who met her husband while she was on vacation in London. She was walking through a door, not paying attention, and they slammed into each other in the doorway! How romantic... (WH)
Love stories without the passion of cliché. I like these tales for their modesty, simplicity. At the end of "Love Libraries," for example, the Lithuanian librarian Rasa says to Irishman Declan in chipped English, "But we can just go out and not have to talk and we feel comfortable. That's love." I read the story thinking of Nabokov's Speak, Memory -- the comfortableness of no words that he and Tamara felt gazing at a painting in a remote corner of the Hermitage Museum.
Also, I liked Valmorbida's technique of contrast in the same story. Beginning with the simple description of two people who have eyes for one another and end being happy, the middle is jabbed with the punches of life. (AM)
There's another thing besides happy endings that I like about this book, and that's its design. It looks like a valentine -- not a store-bought, Hallmark, last-minute-in-the-grocery-store kind of valentine, but a real one, made by someone who loves you. Could be a girl, a boy, even a kid. It's fresh, cheerful, unsentimental. And look at the spine; wonderful. Somewhere between a doodle and an obsession.
But there's more. The book is actually illustrated on the inside too with the b/w photography of Augusto Braidotti, Rob Hann, Steve Mullins, and the author herself. I love the one at the end of "Hungarian kiss" -- a dark room and light both restricted and set free. It's too bad that publishers have let the tradition of illustrating adult books languish. Or did we adults force it over the cliff in our zeal to be serious, grow up, quit messing around. (HLS)