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State of Happiness

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  76 Ratings  ·  9 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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Gatha G
Apr 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 10, 2014 rated it liked it
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
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Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
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May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 13, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sorry for the harsh comment but this book was really boring. Three main things happened throughout the novel. They moved, she were sick and passed away. Furthermore, I really did not get the mapping obsession of the main character. The grammatical structure was problematic as well. There were too many ordered-and-separated-by-dashes type of adjectives which make the novel totally unreadable.
Apr 14, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Penelope Naomi
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
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 fifteen novels, over sixty short stories, and devised and/or written fourteen 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 has twice won the CWA Short Story Dagger. HBO have optioned both of her Theodora novels ...more
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