The Far End of Happy

The Far End of Happy

eBook - 2015
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"After enduring years of a struggling marriage, Ronnie Farnham has decided to divorce her husband and is beginning to hope for a happy future--until the morning Jeff is supposed to move out, when he locks himself in their barn with a rifle. When a massive police presence arrives to control the 12-hour stand off, the women in Jeff's life are pushed to their breaking points. Based on the author's harrowing personal story, The Far End of Happy is a powerful novel about the way one man's spiral towards life's violent conclusion tests the resolve, love, and hope of the women he will leave behind"--Publisher.
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2015]
ISBN: 9781492604969
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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DBRL_ANNEG Sep 01, 2016

Kathryn Craft's book starts at the point in a marriage when mental illness has pushed a husband to the point that he can no longer face the life in front of him. This book reads a bit like a real-life experience because she really did live through it. I found myself often wondering what was true to her own story and what was made up for this one. Regardless of what really happened and what was fabricated, this is a compelling read. The story is set over 12 tense hours and contains a lot of introspection into what makes a marriage and what breaks it. It was insightful and heartbreaking to watch. I breathed a sigh of relief when it was over, but in the end appreciate the chance to see that life-changing day from an inside perspective.


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