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  • ISBN 13: 9781602863163
  • ISBN 10: 1602863164
  • Price: $14.99
  • Status: Forthcoming
  • Carton Qty: 20
  • Edition: First Trade Paper Edition

Happy People Read and Drink Coffee

By Agnès Martin-Lugand

Now in paperback: The internationally bestselling novel (currently in development by The Weinstein Company as a feature film), described as Under the Tuscan Sun set in Ireland, about a recent widow who moves to the Irish coast and begins a tumultuous but ultimately healing relationship with her neighbor, a brooding photographer.

Diane seems to have the perfect life. She is a wife, mother, and the owner of Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, a cozy literary café in Paris. But when she suddenly loses her husband and daughter in a car accident, the world as she knows it disappears.

One year later, Diane moves to a small town on the Irish coast, determined to heal by rebuilding her life alone—until she meets Edward, a handsome and moody photographer, and falls into a surprising and tumultuous romance.
But will it last when Diane leaves Ireland for good? At once heartbreaking and uplifting, Diane's story is deeply felt, reminding us that love remembered is love enduring.

"A heartbreaking story of love and loss that will twist readers up in knots-essential." —Library Journal

"Profoundly moving and expertly told, Happy People confronts life's most nightmarish tragedy with an unblinking examination. Diane's journey to find meaning again is at once charming and heartbreaking, and I found myself pulling for her to seek out her next experience of love. The wisdom and magic in these pages will linger long after the book is closed."
—#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs

"A heartbreaking story of love and loss that will twist readers up in knots. . . Essential for any foreign literature or women's fiction collection."
Library Journal

"Martin-Lugand's sparse but emotionally forceful style, aided by Smith's translation from the original French, catches the sweeter moments between two people embittered by loss." —Kirkus Reviews

"The energy that Agnès Martin-Lugand is able to convey with this storm is enormous. This is one roller-coaster of a book, but I loved every moment of it. . . Anyone who has ever experienced a feeling of any kind, ever, will enjoy this novel."
San Francisco Book Review

Agnès Martin-Lugand is the author of Happiness Slips Through My Fingers (Entre mes mains le boneur se faufile) and the Happy People sequel, Don't Worry, Life Is Easy (La vie est facile, ne t'inquièle pas). She lives in Paris, France.

Sandra Smith is a critically acclaimed translator of French literature.