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State of Happiness

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  62 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Jack and Cindy are immediately attracted to one another from the moment they meet at a friend's party, and in time this first infatuation develops into a passionate and enduring love affair. A celebrated cartographer, Cindy maps the contours of their developing relationship as they explore its depth and test its boundaries." Five years later, Jack and Cindy believe that th ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 6th 2004 by St. Martin's Press
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State of happiness is one of those book that attract me by the title. It's by Stella Duffy and it's really wonderful book. This book talk about Jack and Cindy. In general there are two parts, the first part talks about how did Cindy and Jack met and about their relation. How ever, the second part, talks about Cindy's ill and how did both of them face problems and overcome it. In the book you will feel the anger, fear, pain and other feelings. The most thing that i like about this book is that th ...more
I wasn't sure what to expect from State of Happiness, but I was fairly sure it wouldn't be much fun, given that it tells the tale of Cindy in the immediate "before" and subsequent "after" of her diagnosis with an unmentioned disease (though it is quite obviously cancer, I'd venture).

Latest figures in the news a few days ago (June 2013) suggested that "by 2020, almost one in two people will get cancer in their lifetime", and we all seem to know someone who has had cancer these days, often people
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Cindy and Jack meets at a friend's party and they get attracted to each other.The attraction between Cindy,a celebrated mapmaker, and Jack soon turns into real love.For Jack, Cindy moves from New York to LA(a place she hates),their love for each other goes strong and they are happy and content. That's when Cindy falls really and dangerously ill.
This book is definitely not my cup of tea.This was just a romantic novel and nothing special.The book is not one which i would recommend.This was simila
I found this author's name on a list with my library ticket. I've no idea now who recommended it to me. Naturally the title on my list wasn't on the library shelf so I picked this one because it was a nice shape! It's not the ideal book to have been reading while my dad has been waiting for his biopsy result but it was beautifully written and dealt well with a difficult subject. I found myself drawn into the characters' lives. I'll keep looking for her other books.
Jack and Cindy have been together for 5 years when Cindy becomes fatally ill. The book is very honestly written – not overly sentimental or manipulative but I found the fact that it was written in the 3rd person with no actual dialogue between the main characters a bit off-putting.
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Sad. Difficult to get through at times.
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Stella Duffy grew up in New Zealand and lives and work in London. She has written thirteen novels, fifty short stories, and ten plays. The Room of Lost Things and State of Happiness were both longlisted for the Orange Prize, and she has twice won Stonewall Writer of the Year. She won the 2002 CWA Short Story Dagger for Martha Grace. She is currently adapting her novel State of Happiness for featur ...more
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