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Happy or Otherwise: Stories

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  5 reviews
The people in Diana Joseph's Happy or Otherwise are looking for ways to live through hurt, some of it passed on like a family heirloom, some of it self-inflicted. Tabbitha, the adult daughter in "Bloodlines," recounts her brother's death and her grieving father's violent response to it. Her memory is compassionate, but unflinched as she reflects on how, even twenty years l ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Carnegie-Mellon University Press (first published March 2003)
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Sep 09, 2008 Diana Joseph rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this book. It was my first--many of the stories in it are from my MFA thesis--and while I think it reads like a first book by a young writer, I'm still pretty proud of it.
Bethlynn Dolle
Joseph's collection of stories exposes the reader to many real life situations that a reader might have overlooked. The different voices in this collection enlighten a reader to the meaning of relationships as she exposes the hidden truths. The love a mother feels for her sick child is contrasted with a mother who lost the child she wasn't sure she wanted. The truths of a father-daughter relationship are unfolded with a yearning to be accepted like her siblings to the desire to be loved like her ...more
Love the REAL stories in this book. They show basic feelings and portray humanity in its raw beauty while making me think, cry, or laugh (sometimes all at once). My friend Diana wrote it... She's hilarious and sometimes oh-so-honest that it makes me cringe.
Cathy Day
Interesting to read Joseph's first story collection alongside her memoir, I'm Sorry You Feel that Way.
Isaac Rodriguez
I want and autograph!!!
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Diana Joseph lives in Mankato, Minnesota, where she teaches at Minnesota State University.
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