The Year of Perfect Happiness

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Soon, though, he discovers an underside to Amanda’s personality, the way you do when you spend your nights and mornings and weekends with a person. Amanda’s underside is hard, gritty, sharpened. She becomes increasingly competitive, at first only in athletics, pushing him to accompany her on advanced hikes, and then eventually in everything, like whose childhood was more fraught or who lost more weight on the glycemic-index diet that they decided to try or who has a more neutralized carbon footprint, blah, blah, blah.

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