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Happiness for Beginners: Looking to Nature to Rebuild a Life

Houston author Katherine Center talks about her novel, Happiness for Beginners.


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Katherine Center Book Cover Happiness for BeginnersHouston author Katherine Center is in the process of finishing her sixth novel, which goes on sale next year. And her fourth novel, The Lost Husband, is being made into a movie.

Sandwiched between those is her most current novel, Happiness for Beginners. It's about a woman whose marriage falls apart and to help her recover her younger brother convinces her to go on a wilderness survival trip. And, of course, things don't go well.

Many of Center's novels start in a similar way – with the central character having just suffered some sort of tragedy.

Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty asked her why she likes to use that plot device — and about why we often look to the outdoors to help us find ourselves.

(Note: This interview originally aired April 23, 2015)