Starting from Happy

A Novel

Starting from Happy

While waiting in line for apple pie at a party, Imogene Gilfeather, a lingerie designer who does not understand the reason for romance, meets Wally Yez, a scientist. Imogene is told that Wally is the perfect guy. (“Perfect,” she replies, “is not my type.”) Unfazed by Imogene’s indifference, Wally resolves to win her over. E-mails turn into late-night phone calls; one date turns into two and then more.

Wally is certain he and Imogene are meant for each other. (They both use mechanical pencils! Neither has had mumps!) But convincing his beloved is another matter. In defiance of the odds, or the gods, or perhaps just Imogene’s qualms, Wally and Imogene become a pair. Will Imogene indulge Wally’s longing for children? Can they possibly end as happily as they’ve begun?

Starting from Happy is a winning and sophisticated look at a rather zany couple as they come of age, and then just age—by one of the finest comic writers of our time.
  • Scribner | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439101292 | 
  • March 2012

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STARTING FROM HAPPY

Now in Paperback, STARTING FROM HAPPY is a winning and sophisticated look at a rather zany couple as they come of age, and then just age—by one of the finest comic writers of our time.

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Patricia Marx
Photographed by Robert Adam Mayer at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Patricia Marx

Patricia Marx, a television screenwriter for shows such as Saturday Night Live, is the author of How to Regain Your Virginity and Meet My Staff.

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