Are You Happy?: A Childhood Remembered

Are You Happy?: A Childhood Remembered

by Emily Fox Gordon

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Overview

An elegant dissection of how youthful happiness is lost, by a memoirist of great style and insight. 

"The happiness of childhood is existential, not psychological," writes Emily Fox Gordon.

Gordon's early life was, as she puts it, "a succession of moments of radiant apprehension." In a later age she might have been medicated and counseled and ferried from one appointment to another. But growing up in the college town of Williamstown, Massachusetts, in the fifties, she was free to be alone with her thoughts, to mumble observations and descriptions as she cultivated the writer's lifelong habit of translating experience into words. 

In the hands of this rigorous thinker, we understand how happiness can be recaptured through telling the story of its loss. As Gordon grew older, she began to be aware of her charming mother's long, slow withdrawal into alcoholic depression. In Are You Happy? Gordon recounts how her childish view the world was lost, and of how that loss ended her childhood. 

Depicted here is the evolution of a wise child's self-awareness. Moving and perceptive, it is a memoir not to be missed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440629259
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/06/2007
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 208 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Emily Fox Gordon is the author of four books, including Mockingbird Year: A Life In and Out of Therapy, Book fo Days, The View From Now, and Are You Happy? Her work has appeared in Boulevard, Salmagundi, American Scholar, Ploughsares, and the New York Times. She has received two Pushcart Prizes, the McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Nonfiction, and a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship. One of her essays, "At Sixty-Five," was reprinted in Best American Essays 2014.

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