"The hapless, nameless narrator of 'My Happy Life,' Lydia Millet's strange, slender and incandescent third novel, has not enjoyed, by any conventional definition, a happy life."
- New York Times Book Review
"If there were justice in the world, Lydia's Millet's novel My Happy Life would become not merely a cult book, devoured by a few astonished readers every year, but an exemplar. 'This,' we would say, 'is how to write a novel that's impossible to forget.'"
- The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Lydia Millet has done a beautiful job with this novel"
- The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)
"Occasionally a book comes along that is truly written (as writers are instructed books should be) as if it were the writer's last: Millet's sad and infinitely touching third novel (after the absurdist George Bush, Dark Prince of Love) is such an extraordinary work."
- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Lydia Millet... strips life down to its simplest components in her strange and lovely new novel, My Happy Life... in Millet's slim tale, deprivation enables transcendence and reverie."
- Village Voice
"Lydia Millet is one of America's most daring writers."
- The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC)
"Lydia Millet's 'fictional memoir' succeeds as a relentlessly dark novel about a heartbreakingly cheerful woman whose grim life has been marked by abuse and loss. "
- The Boston Herald
"Strange, lovely and disturbing, Millet's third novel is also her finest"
- San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"Millet's third novel is a nightmare limned in gold."
- Entertainment Weekly