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Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center
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Happiness for Beginners

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Narrator Marguerite Gavin
Length 9 hours 19 minutes
Language English
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In this exuberant novel, a thirtysomething-year-old woman embarks on a wilderness survival course and discovers that sometimes you have to leave things behind in order to find yourself.

A year after getting divorced, Helen Carpenter, thirty-two, lets her annoying younger brother talk her into signing up for a wilderness survival course. It's supposed to be a chance for her to pull herself together again, but when she discovers that her brother's even more annoying best friend is also coming on the trip, she can't imagine how it will be anything other than a disaster. Thus begins the strangest adventure of Helen's well-behaved life: three weeks in the remotest wilderness of a mountain range in Wyoming, where she will survive mosquito infestations, a surprise summer blizzard, and a group of sorority girls.

Yet despite everything, the vast wilderness has a way of making Helen's own little life seem bigger, too. And somehow, the people who annoy her the most start teaching her the very things she needs to learn. Like how to stand up for herself. And how being scared can make you brave. And how sometimes you just have to get really, really lost before you can even have a hope of being found.

Katherine Center is the author of the novels The Bright Side of Disaster, Everyone Is Beautiful, Get Lucky, and The Lost Husband. Her writing has appeared in Redbook, People, USA Today, Vanity Fair, and Real Simple, as well as the anthologies Because I Love Her, CRUSH, and My Parents Were Awesome. She is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program.

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. With over four hundred titles to her credit, her narration spans nearly every genre, from nonfiction to mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and children’s fiction.

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Reviews

“This wise, delicious, page-turning novel won’t let you go. Katherine Center writes about falling down, growing up, and finding love like nobody else. You can always see yourself and the people you love in her characters and their stories.”

Happiness for Beginners is my favorite Katherine Center novel yet. I folded down pages to go back to—and that’s a sign of a great book: when I see something so true or profound that I know I need mark it. It’s wonderful. Could not put it down.”

“Such a charming, heartfelt novel about a woman who needs to escape from her life in order to rebuild it. I read it all in one delicious gulp.”

“Adding Happiness for Beginners to my all-time favorites list. Fun, moving, and honest, it’s a gem of a novel about finding out just what you’re made of.”

"Happiness for Beginners does what a story should do—introduces characters we want to know and then takes us on their unexpected journey to a new and braver life…Center’s witty, honest, and compassionate storytelling opens us to new ways of feeling and trusting, just as her character is doing the same.”

“Katherine Center has a unique talent for finding humor in the most unlikely scenarios…In the wholly refreshing Happiness for Beginners, she explores life’s messy moments with comic precision and proves that it is possible to make a fresh start—and find true love—in the midst of emotional disaster. Trust me; you’ll feel this satisfying novel deep in your bones.”

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