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The Museum of Happiness
A Novel
Jesse Lee Kercheval

Library of American Fiction

Terrace Books

"Kercheval brings an appealing, feather-light touch to such weighty themes as motherhood, nationality, and the march of time. . . . An eclectic exhibition of its author's talents."—Lauren Picker, New York Times Book Review

"After her husband's sudden death, Ginny Gillespie travels with his ashes to Paris, where she meets and falls in love with Roland Keppi, a strange, visionary man without a country. Their dreamlike affair is disrupted when Roland vanishes, deported to a German camp for people without identity papers. But coincidences, dreams, and visions eventually reunite them with the promise of a bright future. Set primarily in France between the world wars, the narrative moves easily between the present and the past and among Ginny, Roland, and the important people in their lives. These intertwining stories raise questions of fate and the meaning of family, identity, and happiness."—Library Journal

Jesse Lee Kercheval is the Sally Meade Hands Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she directs the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and codirects the Program in Creative Writing. Her memoir, Space, won the Alex Award from the American Library Association. She is also the author of two collections of poems, Dog Angel and World as Dictionary, a story collection, The Dogeater, which won the Associated Writing Programs Award in Short Fiction; and a book on writing, Building Fiction, also published by the University of Wisconsin Press.

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cover of Kercheval is old photo of statue of woman by two doors

March 2003
288 pp.          6 x 9

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