Now We Will Be Happy is a prize-winning collection of stories about Afro-Puerto Ricans, U.S.-mainland-born Puerto Ricans, and displaced native Puerto Ricans who are living between spaces while attempting to navigate the unique culture that defines Puerto Rican identity. Amina Gautier’s characters deal with the difficulties of bicultural identities in a world that wants them to choose only one. The characters in Now We Will Be Happy are as unpredictable as they are human. A teenage boy leaves home in search of the mother he hasn’t seen since childhood; a granddaughter is sent across the ocean to broker peace between her relatives; a widow seeks to die by hurricane; a married woman takes a bathtub voyage with her lover; a proprietress who is the glue that binds her neighborhood cannot hold on to her own son; a displaced wife develops a strange addiction to candles. Crossing boundaries of comfort, culture, language, race, and tradition in unexpected ways, these characters struggle valiantly and doggedly to reconcile their fantasies of happiness with the realities of their existence.
About the Author:
Amina Lolita Gautier
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Amina Lolita Gautier, PhD. is a fiction writer of Puerto Rican and African American ancestry. She is the author of three award-winning short story collections: At-Risk, Now We Will Be Happy and the The Loss of All Lost Things. Now We Will Be Happy was awarded the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, the Florida Authors and Publishers Association President's Book Award for Short Fiction, a USA Best Book Award, an International Book Award, a Silver IPPY Award, and was named Finalist for the William Saroyan International Prize, the Next Generation Indie Book Award, the National Indie Excellence Award and was Longlisted for the Chautauqua Prize in Fiction and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. For her body of work, she is the 2016 recipient of the Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award. Her work has been supported with fellowships and scholarships from Escribe Aqui at The Betsy Hotel, Breadloaf Writer’s Conference, Callaloo, Casa Libre, Dora Maar, Disquiet International, Hawthornden Castle; Hurston/Wright Foundation, Kimbilio, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Key West Literary Seminars, MacDowell Colony, the Ragdale Foundation, Sewanee Writer’s Conference, Ucross Foundation, and Vermont Studio Center.