You Must Be This Happy to Enter by Elizabeth Crane
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Whether breathlessly enthusiastic, serenely calm, or really concentrating right now on their personal zombie issues, Elizabeth Crane’s happy cast explores the complexities behind personal satisfaction.

Elizabeth Crane is the author of two previous story collections, When the Messenger is Hot and All This Heavenly Glory. Her work has also been featured in numerous publications, including Chicago Reader and The Believer, as well as several anthologies, including McSweeney’s Future Dictionary of America and The Best Underground Fiction. A winner of the Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award, Crane teaches creative writing at Northwestern’s School of Continuing Studies, The School of the Art Institute, and The University of Chicago. She lives in Chicago.
 

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Elizabeth Crane is the author of three collections of short stories: When the Messenger Is Hot, All This Heavenly Glory, and You Must Be This Happy to Enter. Her work has been featured in the Mississippi Review, Chicago Reader, Believer, Other Voices, Bridge, and several anthologies, including McSweeney's The Future Dictionary of America, The Best Underground Fiction, Loser, Altared, and The Show I'll Never Forget. She is a regular contributor to Writer's Block Party on WBEZ Chicago. In 2003 she received the Chicago Public Library 21st Century Award. She currently teaches creative writing and lives in Chicago with her husband and their dog.
 
Published February 1, 2008 by Akashic Books. 193 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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“Donovan’s Closet,” about salvation at Barney’s, and the title story, about a happiness art installation, are, in the words of that story’s narrator, “probably the part where most people would say Whaaaaa?” The most effective stories drop the blasé veneer.

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The two most successful stories of Crane’s third collection (following All This Heavenly Glory) are also the most intimate: “The Most Everything in the World” listens in on a husband and wife playing the what-would-you-take-to-a-deserted-island game, while “Donovan’s Closet,” about a girl with a ...

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Her book Self Help is probably my favorite collection of short stories.

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