…is a psychological realist whose ten novels, beginning with his precocious start at age fifteen about rebellious adolescence, span a range of subjects: from the aftermath of a sudden confrontation with death in Fearless, the collapse of cherished ideologies in Dr. Neruda’s Cure For Evil, a lifelong relationship in the award winning A Happy Marriage, and the long term effects of child sexual abuse in The Wisdom of Perversity. He has brought a similar focus on how people struggle to reconcile past trauma to their present lives in his five produced screenplays, beginning with his adaptation of Fearless.
A Happy Marriage
A Happy Marriage is the story of Enrique Sabas and his wife, Margaret, a novel that alternates between the romantic misadventures of the first three weeks of their acquaintance and the final months of Margaret’s life as she says goodbye to her family, friends, and children—and to Enrique. The beginning and ending of this long relationship is punctuated by two other phases of their marriage, a crisis that nearly ends it year after the birth of their first child, and a profound second recommitment in midlife. The contrapuntal shifts in time allows the taut, compelling narrative to portray the breadth and changing perspective of a lifelong love.
“A tour de force…Rafael Yglesias has transformed the story of his life and that of his wife…into a profound deliberation on the nature of love, marriage and the process of dying.” New York Times