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A Happy Marriage by Rafael Yglesias
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Jul 05, 2010

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Read in July, 2010

From what I understand, this book is autobiographical. The author dropped out of high school and had his first book published at the age of 17; so did the protagonist. In the book, the wife's name was Margaret and she died after battling cancer; the author's wife was also named Margaret and also died of cancer.
The book was written in alternating chapters. One part of the story was about Margaret's final wishes and her final weeks, alternating with chapters about how the two characters met and how their relationship developed.
The events are believable; I don't know if I would have liked it more had it been written in a linear progression, as I would be caught up in the past and have to switch to the present.
The only thing that really bothered me was the constant references to the blue/azure of Margaret's eyes.
I also found myself thinking of Leah and Bob, which made the reading of this an emotional activity.

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