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The Sad Truth About Happiness by Anne Giardini
The narrator of The Sad Truth About Happiness is Maggie Selgrin: 32, single, practical, and stable. Her roommate creates quizzes for a woman's magazine, and Maggie takes one which will predict the date of someone's death based on their honest answers. Maggie's results say she'll be dead in months, although she could live for many years if only she'd answer yes to the question, "Are you happy?" This unnerves Maggie, and she sets about trying to make changes to her life by seeking relationships and searching for happiness. Family drama, though, involving her more emotional and tempermental sisters results in Maggie being on the run with her sister's baby. Perhaps it's a trip that will bring Maggie answers she seeks. The Sad Truth About Happiness by Anne Giardini (daughter of Canadian writer Carol Shields) has received mostly positive reviews with the Denver Post saying, "It is the kind of novel that the wise reader should probably buy two copies of, one to keep and one to lend, because the lent copy is never coming back."