How Happy to Be
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How Happy to Be

Written by Katrina OnstadKatrina Onstad Author Alert
Category: Fiction
Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
ISBN: 978-0-7710-6899-7 (0-7710-6899-9)

Pub Date: June 5, 2007
Price: $21.00

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How Happy to Be
Written by Katrina Onstad

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780771068997
Our Price: $21.00
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About this Book

How Happy to Be captures the life of a disillusioned entertainment journalist as she heads into a downward spiral of ritual substance abuse and empty punditry. Along this path of self-destruction, her past on a West Coast commune, both comic and poignant, keeps intruding. It isn’t until her indiscretions catch up with her that she realizes she must face that past if she is to have any chance of finding where her happiness lies.

Onstad’s ability to blend satire with a moving story of coming to terms with life’s deepest wounds makes
How Happy to Be a wholly satisfying and striking novel.

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Review Quotes

“Katrina Onstad finds that magic place between fact and fiction and charms the reader with her discovery. A wonderful book.”
— Douglas Coupland

“Pop culture geeks will go nuts for Onstad’s brutal dissection of the life of a media whore. . . . A triumph.”
NOW magazine

“A deft meditation on nostalgia, grieving, and familial relations. . . . Fresh, compelling and flawless.”
Toronto Star

“[An] ambitious and impressive first novel . . . intelligent and arresting. An auspicious literary debut.”
National Post

“An acerbic, hilarious and culturally astute page-turner of a debut.”

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About this Author

Katrina Onstad is a film and culture writer for CBC Arts Online and has had her work published in the Guardian,, and the New York Times. She is also a columnist for Chatelaine and was formerly chief film critic at the National Post.

Katrina Onstad lives in Toronto.

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