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A Happy Marriage

Monday, July 27, 2009

Rafael Yglesias discusses his latest novel, A Happy Marriage. The story alternates between describing the romantic misadventures of the first weeks of the courtship of Enrique and Margaret and the final months of Margaret's life as she says good-bye to her family, friends, children, and her husband, Enrique, after 30 years of marriage.

Guests:

Rafael Yglesias
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Comments [3]

Maria from New Zealand

I liked the way Rafael Iglesias in his novel "A Happy Marriage" included not just rosy-glowed romance or the disenchantment of a break-up. He reaches across the gap between excited yet awkward youthful love and the difficult aspects of long-term marriage, when children come along, through the hate and distance, counselling and deeper loving that emerges. Through Enrique's eyes we see his vulnerability, his faults, his pain, his tenderness. We forgive him and love him as his courage gives us permission to forgive ourselves and feel the love transcending the struggle of everyday marriage and death itself. I am not a writer, but I have struggled in a marriage, and with my father's death, amd as a psychotherapist to understand these complexities, so this book was a great gift. And the words were so exquisitely expressive I wept. Thank you.

Aug. 19 2011 08:01 PM
Yvonne from new york

Great review in this morning's NY Times - congrats Mr. Iglesias. Nice to see that compassion, commitment, love, care, and empathy can be sustained in all of the complexity of a relationship. In the end, what else is there?! And turning it into a compelling piece of art as well! Well done.

Jul. 27 2009 11:31 AM
Will Rogers from 201 W 16th St -- NYC

Mr Lopate,
I listen everyday to you when I can. I wanted to say THANK YOU in advance for interviewing Mr. Rafael Iglesias' new novel ! I have read his book and "A Happy Marriage" is full of "true" heart felt love; "true" real sorrow; and "true" real emotion. This story is for so many people in committed relationships ---- and I am Gay.
Again thank You!
yours sincerely,
Will Rogers

Jul. 26 2009 02:03 PM

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