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Family Happiness

Family Happiness
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Volume 15 of the Wiseblood Classics Series, paperback, 138 pages.

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From the depths of Tolstoy’s own experiences and from the standards of his heart comes the story Family Happiness, in which he explores the nature of happiness through the relationship between Sergey Mikhailich and Marya Alexandrovna. However, unlike the story of Sergey and Masha, Tolstoy’s courtship to Valerya Arseneva ended in withdrawal.  He never married her. His ideal of a happy married life did not come to fruition.

His failure did, however, lead to this poignant, timeless story about two lovers who reach a state of married happiness, lose it, try to find—do find—a replacement in the pseudo-contentment of society, and finally carve out an authentic definition of family happiness. Through the sensitive eyes of young Masha, the reader delves into an intimate view of love, happiness, and the trouble that accompanies all human bliss.   -- From the Introduction by Amy Krohn


Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828 – 1910), also known as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels andshort stories. Tolstoy was a master of realistic fiction and is widely considered one of the world's greatest novelists. He is best known for two long [novels, War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877).  ]Source: Wikkipedia]


Wiseblood Books is a publishing line particularly favorable toward works of fiction, poetry, and philosophy that render truths with what Flannery O'Connor called an unyielding "realism of distances." Such works find redemption in uncanny places and people; wrestle us from the tyranny of boredom; mock the pretensions of respectability; engage the hidden mysteries of the human heart, be they sources of either violence or courage; articulate faith and doubt in their incarnate complexity; dare an unflinching gaze at human beings as "political animals"; and suffer through this world's trials without forfeiting hope. We seek contemporary fiction in the vein of such popular classics as Dickens' Pickwick Papers, Graham Greene's “entertainments,” Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Cather's O Pioneers!, and P.D. James' The Children of Men or as demanding as Dostoevsky's Demons, Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!, Melville's Moby-Dick, Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago, or David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest.

After producing a small library of classics which includes Notes From Underground, The Sickness Unto Death, and Three Detective Stories by Edgar Allan Poe, among many more, Wiseblood Books released its first work of contemporary fiction, The Unfinished Life of N., on October 1st, 2013. 
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