Happiness

Happiness

Book - 2018 | First Grove Atlantic harcover edition
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A fox makes its way across London's Waterloo Bridge. The distraction causes two pedestrians to collide - Jean, an American studying the habits of urban foxes, and Attila, a Ghanaian psychiatrist there to deliver a keynote speech. In this delicate tale of love and loss, of cruelty and kindness, Aminatta Forna asks us to consider the interconnectedness of lives, our co-existence with one another and all living creatures, and the true nature of happiness.
A fox makes its way across London's Waterloo Bridge. The distraction causes two pedestrians to collide: Jean, an American studying the habits of urban foxes, and Attila, a Ghanaian psychiatrist there to deliver a keynote speech but also trying to locate a missing friend caught up in an immigration sweep. From this chance encounter the two work together to find Ama, and a deepening friendship unfolds.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2018]
Edition: First Grove Atlantic harcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780802127556
080212755X
Characteristics: 312 pages ; 24 cm

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Urbano
Aug 05, 2018

So beautiful, so deep, so touching.

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okbookgirl
Jul 03, 2018

A poignant novel, elegantly written. Aminatta Forna had me in the palm of her hand from start to finish, caring deeply about the main & minor characters of her story. But she also had me thinking and caring about foxes and parakeets, about what is happening in London and cities everywhere, about countries peaceful or war-torn, as all of us "the beautiful, much too many" (to quote songwriter Greg Brown) try to figure out how to share this world.

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KSpaulding
Mar 24, 2018

You take what you know and find what you need to get by and survive day by day. You learn new things, where to glean a living, a safe spot to make a home, whom to trust and whom to avoid. This goes for all living things, flora and fauna. In her novel, Forna explores how humans sometimes make the struggle for survival inordinately and needlessly complex for themselves and the other creatures of the earth. This is a thoughtful and moving character study about how we struggle and survive; how we respond, adapt, and grow. It is also a love story, a story about how impossible and unwise it is to separate one life from another, or one population from another in the same environment. It is a story about our interdependence upon one another--person to person, human to animal, flora to fauna, one life to the whole world.

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carolefort
Feb 21, 2018

. This is the story of Jean, an American woman studying London's urban population of foxes and Attila, a psychiatrist from Ghana and an expert in the field of PTSD, who is in London to deliver a speech on trauma. The two accidentally meet on Waterloo Bridge and their emotional adventures in London are at the center of this novel. Happiness is a jewel of a book. It is lyrical and captivates the reader, even with the most minute of details. It is an elegant read and I look forward to reading more books by Aminatta Forna.

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