I Married You for HappinessBook - 2011
"His hand is growing cold, still she holds it" is how this novel that tells the story of a marriage begins. In a novel that unfolds over a single night, Nina sits at the bedside of her husband, Philip, whose sudden and unexpected death is the reason for her lonely vigil. Too shocked yet perhaps to grieve, she lets herself remember the defining moments of their long marriage, beginning with their first meeting in Paris. She is an artist, he a highly accomplished mathematician--a collision of two different worlds that merged to form an intricate and passionate love. As we move through select memories--real and imagined--of events that occurred in places as distant and disparate as France, Wisconsin, Hong Kong, Mexico and California, Tuck reveals the most private intimacies, dark secrets and overwhelming joys that shaped the lives of Nina and Philip.
Slender and potent, utterly engaging, I Married You for Happiness is not only a moving elegy to a man and a marriage, but also a meditation on the theory of probability and how chance can affect both a life and one's consideration of the possibility of an afterlife.