The Happiest Man in the World and Other StoriesFront Cover

ISBN: 9780889222694 | paperback / softback

$18.95 | 164 pages | Pub. Date: 1989
6.00 W × 9.00 H × 0.5 D inches
Fiction | Backlist | Bisac: FIC029000
ISBN 13: 9780889222694 | Rights: WORLD

The Happiest Man in the World looks under the carpet of post-modernism to search for competence and humour in a world of habitual assumptions about social, political, and sexual awareness. The characters, and the author, in these stories discover that their roles, and their role models are not as clear as they seem to be — husbands and wives, fathers and daughters, psychiatrists and sailors, fishermen and fish, and the girl and the wolf all have their conventional roles drop away as their dreams enter their everyday lives. The Happiest Man in the World moves between cynicism, wonder, and a resigned amazement, as he examines his own, and others’, places in post-feminist North American society.

By David Arnason

Sophie Bienvenu is a Québécois writer. After studying visual communication in Paris, she settled in Quebec in 2001 and quickly established herself as a successful blogger. Et au pire, on se mariera (La Mèche) her first novel, was followed by Chercher Sam (translation forthcoming from Talonbooks, 2019), and Autour d’elle, translated as Around Her by Rhonda Mullins (Talonbooks, 2018). Ceci n’est pas de l’amour (This Is Not Love) was her first poetry collection, published in 2016 by Poètes de brousse. Bienvenu’s writing takes its readers on an emotional journey, an intense exploration of profoundly human characters, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

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