Whatever Makes You Happy

Whatever Makes You Happy

A Novel

Book - 2005
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What does it take to be happy? How happy is happy enough? And what does “happy” mean, anyway? So asks Sally Farber–wife, mother, daughter, friend, working woman, and lover–in this wise and funny novel about a woman’s search for happiness in some of the right, and a few of the wrong, places.

Summer in the city looms long for Sally Farber when she sends her two daughters off to camp for the first time. Suddenly freed of her usual patterns in a city that becomes a grown-up’s playground,, she embarks on a journey unlike any she’s ever had–filled with guilty pleasures and guilty pains.

Caught between the past (cleaning out her childhood apartment as her demanding mother offers edicts from South Carolina) and the future (facing her first semi-empty nest), Sally finds herself unexpectedly involved with a powerful, unpredictable man.

And as she researches a book whose very topic is happiness, she must weigh the relative merits of prescriptions for its attainment offered by Aristotle and the Dalai Lama, Freud and Charles Schulz, scented candles and Zoloft, her mother and her best friend. The answer comes, in the end, from a surprising discovery, in this rich and original novel about how we can find, and ultimately embrace, both happiness and love.

Baker & Taylor
With the normal patterns of her life turned upside down, Sally Farber finds herself searching for the true definition of happiness in her life through her experiences of motherhood, marriage, an affair, writing, and home renovation.

Baker
& Taylor

With the normal patterns of her life turned upside down, Sally Farber finds herself searching for the true definition of happiness in her life through her experiences of motherhood, marriage, an affair, writing, and home renovation, in the story of one woman's midlife crisis and quest for meaning. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Random House, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400062997
1400062993
Characteristics: 238 p. ; 25 cm

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Andge1 Jan 22, 2013

Although a short read, I didn't find it particularly intruiging. The story never really evolved into anything substantial. I actually found the main character to be selfsish and confusing.

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