Jack and Cindy were instantly attracted to each other, and in time that first infatuation developed into a passionate and enduring love affair. A celebrated cartographer, Cindy maps the contours of their developing relationship. Five years later, Cindy falls dangerously ill. As she battles her body's betrayal, the couple must also confront their diverging paths and uncharted future.
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Duffy's general idea is to line up Cindy's preoccupation with mapping and memory against the progress of her illness, so that a stationary narrative (Cindy rarely ventures far from her home, except for aimless walks) becomes a story of progressions along other, interior paths.Jan 24 2004 | Read Full Review of State of Happiness
Duffy strives hard for a distinctive narrative voice, veering from lyricism to purposefully stilted bluntness, with mixed results (on the progress of the couple's relationship: "Cindy and Jack thought that change, in the form of Jack and Cindy, looked pretty good").Nov 22 2004 | Read Full Review of State of Happiness