POSITIVELY GOOD READS
Family Happiness (1982)
by Laurie Colwin
In a moralistic tale, a woman would be
punished for an extramarital affair or at least listen to a
guilty conscience and give it up.
That’s not to say that Polly doesn’t struggle with guilt. She
loves her husband, Henry. She has always been a good girl who
caused no one the least trouble — and therein lies the source of
her trouble. Polly is tired of always doing for others and never
getting back. Her lover, Lincoln, has awakened a need to be
loved for herself.
Polly struggles with guilt but also challenges it: Doesn’t she
deserve her own happiness? Polly’s unexpected answer gives Family
Happiness a surprisingly upbeat ending.