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The Far End of Happy
by Kathryn Craft

Published: 2015-05-05
Paperback : 368 pages
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Twelve tense hours, three women, and the suicide standoff that turns one family's little piece of heaven into a scene from hell

Ronnie Farnham's husband is supposed to move out today. But when Jeff pulls into the driveway drunk, with a shotgun in the front seat, she realizes ...

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Twelve tense hours, three women, and the suicide standoff that turns one family's little piece of heaven into a scene from hell

Ronnie Farnham's husband is supposed to move out today. But when Jeff pulls into the driveway drunk, with a shotgun in the front seat, she realizes nothing about the day will go as planned.

The next few hours spiral down in a flash, unlike the slow disintegration of their marriage-and whatever part of that painful unraveling is Ronnie's fault, not much else matters now but these moments. Her family's lives depend on the choices she will make-but is what's best for her best for everyone?

Based on a real event from the author's life, The Far End of Happy is a chilling contemporary novel. Fans of Mary Kubica, Diane Chamberlin, and Rosalind Noonan will be on the edge of their seats during this story of one troubled man, the family that loves him, and the suicide standoff that will change them all forever.

Also From Kathryn Craft:

The Art of Falling-Penelope Sparrow, a 28-year-old dancer, has spent her entire life focusing on the perfection of her body. But when she wakes up in a Philadelphia hospital unable to move after a near-fatal accident, she can't remember the events leading up to her crushing 14-story fall.

What readers are saying about The Far End of Happy

"This is one hell of a powerful book with a message. It's a work of fiction but by God it's near to truth."

"The story is tense and heartbreaking as it takes you through the twelve hours Ronnie has to endure as she waits for Jeff's fate to be decided."

"This is the kind of story that makes you appreciate what you have and see the world a little differently than you did before."

"The Far End of Happy is a tragic, yet hopeful story of human resilience."

"THE FAR END OF HAPPY is an extraordinarily compelling book, founded in an extraordinary comprehension of human nature, addiction, denial-and love, familial bonds, and character strength and integrity."

What reviewers are saying about The Far End of Happy

"This novel is the very definition of a page-turner as it follows a twelve hour stand-off between a man threatening suicide and the police."-Huffington Post

"This title is based on the author's experience with a standoff involving her husband, which adds real, raw, emotion to the plot. Framing the novel within a 12-hour period keeps the pages turning"-Library Journal

"...a heartbreaking story packed with tension and brimming with humanity."-Lori Nelson Spielman, #1 international bestselling author of The Life List

"A compelling read, an unflinching exploration of one of life's most inexplicable horrors."-New York Journal of Books

"Kathryn Craft keeps the tension edge-of-your-seat suspenseful in The Far End of Happy..."- Kate Moretti, author of the New York Times bestselling Thought I Knew You, and Binds That Tie

"A complex and gripping story of broken hearts, lives, and marriages that will tear you apart from beginning to end."-Steena Holmes, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Memory Child and Finding Emma

"An incredibly honest and courageous exploration of a marriage torn apart by neglect and threats of suicide."-Mary Kubica, author of The Good Girl

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  "The Far End of Happy"by nbaker (see profile) 04/15/16

Twelve hours in the life of a wife and mother, and two life-long friends, The Far End of Happy was a painful yet awakening experience. Jeff and his wife Veronica (a/k/a Ronnie) are dealing ... (read more)

 
  "Really good discussion"by NRPublicLibrary (see profile) 04/15/15

This book is about a suicide stand-off and the family members on the outside. It's a very interesting story and made for a great discussion.

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