Happiness for Beginners
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: March 2015
Duration: 9 hours 22 minutes
In this exuberant novel, a thirtysomething-year-old woman embarks on a wilderness survival course and discovers that sometimes you have to leave things behind in order to find yourself.
A year after getting divorced, Helen Carpenter, thirty-two, lets her annoying younger brother talk her into signing up for a wilderness survival course. It’s supposed to be a chance for her to pull herself together again, but when she discovers that her brother’s even more annoying best friend is also coming on the trip, she can’t imagine how it will be anything other than a disaster. Thus begins the strangest adventure of Helen’s well-behaved life: three weeks in the remotest wilderness of a mountain range in Wyoming, where she will survive mosquito infestations, a surprise summer blizzard, and a group of sorority girls.
Yet despite everything, the vast wilderness has a way of making Helen’s own little life seem bigger, too. And somehow, the people who annoy her the most start teaching her the very things she needs to learn. Like how to stand up for herself. And how being scared can make you brave. And how sometimes you just have to get really, really lost before you can even have a hope of being found.
"Happiness for Beginners does what a story should do—introduces characters we want to know and then takes us on their unexpected journey to a new and braver life…Center’s witty, honest, and compassionate storytelling opens us to new ways of feeling and trusting, just as her character is doing the same.”—Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of The Stories We Tell