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How Happy to Be Paperback – Jan 3 2006

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; 1 edition (Jan. 3 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771068972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771068973
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.5 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,436,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Pop culture geeks will go nuts for Onstad’s brutal dissection of the life of a media whore. . . . A triumph.”
NOW Magazine

“Katrina Onstad’s How Happy to Be is an acerbic, hilarious and culturally astute page-turner of a debut.”

“Young women will relate profoundly and personally . . . . A working woman’s Nick Hornby, Onstad has created a pithy, poppy text about being adrift.”
Globe and Mail

“Katrina Onstad’s debut novel is wickedly funny, with a biting edge that makes How Happy to Be a must-read for those cold winter nights.”
Weekly Scoop

“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

“Witty. . . fine writing.”
— Montreal Gazette

How Happy to Be successfully mixes funny and frothy chick-lit scenarios with an ambitious emotional reckoning.”
Fashion Magazine

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

“Katrina Onstad writes poignantly about the failed ideals of one generation and the lack of ideals in this one. From communes to movie stars, this book is an act of redemption, one that is funny, wise and honest.”
—David Layton

“Katrina Onstad offers a sharp, new edge to the Canadian literary landscape. How Happy to Be jumps out at the reader with a hip, ironic voice that offers a poignant mixture of sassy humour and raw exploration of human alienation.”
—Lawrence Hill

About the Author

Katrina Onstad is a film and culture writer for CBC Arts Online and has had her work published internationally. She was formerly the National Post film columnist. Katrina Onstad lives in Toronto.

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