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Secrets of Happiness

by Joan Silber

Secrets of Happiness by Joan Silber X
Secrets of Happiness by Joan Silber
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  • First Published:
    May 2021, 288 pages
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    Apr 26, 2022, 288 pages

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In Secrets of Happiness, Joan Silber takes us into the intersecting lives of a shifting cast of characters to explore the diverse ways people construct a sense of meaning and happiness out of their own messy realities.

Like several of her previous books, Secrets of Happiness—Silber's ninth work of fiction—is a novel composed of linked stories, or a "novel-in-stories," as the genre is sometimes called. Chapter by chapter, the stories trade off the role of narrator relay-style, with a secondary character from one story stepping into the narrator's role in the next.

In the first story, we meet Ethan, a lawyer in New York who discovers that his father has a secret second family living across town. Subsequent stories introduce us to a widening web of characters whose lives intersect to varying degrees, including one of Ethan's newly discovered half-brothers, a young Englishwoman whose affair with a married American ends tragically, a middle-aged woman caring for her dying brother, a labor activist working for an NGO in Cambodia and a young filmmaker making a documentary on textile factories. ...

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