Can't Quite Conquer Tolstoi's War and Peace? Not to Worry: New Wiseblood Classic Is An Infallible Anodyne to Your Ailment.
Let's face it. Not only will you never write the 21st Century equivalent of War and Peace as you'd planed, you probably won't even get around to reading the blasted, beautiful behemoth before last rites, etc. Well, well, well, step right up, ladies and gentlemen, have we got an anodyne for you: Tolstoy's novella Family Happiness (1859), in which, as Amy Krohn writes in her introduction, Tolstoy, "explores the nature of happiness through the relationship between Sergey Mikhailich and Marya Alexandrovna. However, unlike the story of Sergey and Masha, Tolstoy’s own courtship to Valerya Arseneva ended in his own withdrawal. He never married her. His ideal of a happy married life did not come to fruition. His failure did, however, lead to a 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."
You can find this Wiseblood Classics edition here, for only $5.00*
* "A Portrait of Love and Happiness," a novella that comprises a major part of Amy Krohn's forthcoming collection A Flower in the Heart of the Painting, is a refashioning of Tolstoi's great work. Krohn's collection will be published through Wiseblood November 1st, 2013.