A Season of Perfect Happiness: A Novel (Hardcover)

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A Season of Perfect Happiness fundamentally questions what makes a “good” mother, with a propulsive and heartrending portrayal of one woman’s efforts to find her voice.

Ten years after an unspeakable tragedy caused Claire to flee her hometown in Delaware, she finally feels content. She has a quiet, tidy life in Wisconsin, a place she picked at random for its shape on a map. Her careful existence centers on a simple plan: keep her social circle small and keep the past a secret.

But when she meets Erik—a lighthearted theater nerd who gives Claire more of a chance than she’s given herself in a long time—that plan seems increasingly impossible, especially after she finds herself emotionally entangled not only with Erik, but with his ex-wife, Annabelle; their three young children; and a small set of friends, the kind she’d always wanted to have around her. Life after the accident can be full of joy, Claire realizes—going on a date to see a thousand-pound pig at the state fair, giggling over obscure inside jokes with friends at a music gig, making smoothies while the kids wear their infamous cooking hats. Being a partner, a best friend, a mother.

But when a person from her past arrives, Claire’s worst mistake threatens her new life, and the deep friendships she’s made hang in the balance. If Claire chooses to share the parts of herself she has kept locked away for so long, will the family she has built still recognize her—and have a place for her? Or will everything she has spent the last decade working toward fall apart?

About the Author

Maribeth Fischer is the founder and executive director of the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild. She has received three Delaware Division of the Arts fellowships and two Pushcart Prizes for her essays. Her two previous books, The Language of Good-bye and The Life You Longed For, have been sold in six foreign countries. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Praise For…

“In her indelible novel, Maribeth Fischer wrestles with how to find grace in an unforgiving world.  A Season of Perfect Happiness is about love, family, and the hope we owe ourselves. It is complex and compelling, but it is also simply a beautiful book.”
—Lauren Grodstein, author of Read with Jenna pick We Must Not Think of Ourselves
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593474679
ISBN-10: 0593474678
Publisher: Dutton
Publication Date: August 20th, 2024
Pages: 368
Language: English