Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin


Happy All the Time, Laurie Colwin, 1978

My favorite quote: “Most of his time appeared to be spent bumming cigarettes from people whose annual income was about a fifth of his own.” (Because we all know guys like this) 

Notable characters: Holly Sturgis; Guido Morris; Vincent Cardworthy; Misty Berkowitz 

Most memorable scene: It’s been a long time since I’ve read this one. What I remember most is the scenery. Mmm … New York … 

Greatest strengths: Dialogue. Colwin’s mastery of the language and the way people speak is really what pulled me into the story. There aren’t major plot twists here. There’s no real fighting, no crime, no serious drama. Just well-drawn, flawed but lovable characters who do a lot of talking … and somehow, it works

Standout achievements: A great sense of place (and it’s set in New York, so of course, I love it)

Fun Facts: Laurie Colwin (who sadly passed away at the age of 48 in 1992) was also a food writer. If you know this, you can actually see it

Other media: N/A

What it taught me: That when it comes to language, simplicity is power 

How it inspired me: I’ll be honest: This book isn’t anything like what I would ever write. In fact, it’s so far out of my own genre that it’s probably a little strange that I read it all. But sometimes, you just need something simple, straightforward, and, well … sweet (I know, I know, but cut me some slack here. I’m not totally immune to occasional tenderness) 

Additional thoughts: At the risk of further damaging my reputation as a big badass Viking (ha, ha) this book is the perfect rainy-day-by-the-fire-with-hot-cocoa read. Sweet, simple escapism at its finest

Haunt me: alistaircross.com

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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