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The Pursuit of Happiness : A Novel

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<b>#1 International Bestseller</b> <p></p> <b>&quot;Kennedy tells his epic tale with a keen eye and brisk pace.... a winningly sincere love story.&quot; --<i>Publishers Weekly</i></b> <p></p>Manhattan, Thanksgiving eve, 1945. The war is over, and Eric Smythe's party was in full swing. All his clever Greenwich Village friends were there. So too was his sister Sara, an independent, outspoken young woman, starting to make her way in the big city. And then in walked Jack Malone, a U.S. Army journalist just back from a defeated Germany, a man whose world view was vastly different than that of Eric and his friends. This chance meeting between Sara and Jack and the choices they both made in the wake of it would eventually have profound consequences, both for themselves and for those closest to them for decades afterwards. Set amidst the dynamic optimism of postwar New York and the subsequent nightmare of the McCarthy era, <i>The Pursuit of Happiness</i> is a great, tragic love story; a tale of divided loyalties, decisive moral choices and the random workings of destiny.

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#1 International Bestseller

"Kennedy tells his epic tale with a keen eye and brisk pace.... a winningly sincere love story." --Publishers Weekly

Manhattan, Thanksgiving eve, 1945. The war is over, and Eric Smythe's party was in full swing. All his clever Greenwich Village friends were there. So too was his sister Sara, an independent, outspoken young woman, starting to make her way in the big city. And then in walked Jack Malone, a U.S. Army journalist just back from a defeated Germany, a man whose world view was vastly different than that of Eric and his friends. This chance meeting between Sara and Jack and the choices they both made in the wake of it would eventually have profound consequences, both for themselves and for those closest to them for decades afterwards. Set amidst the dynamic optimism of postwar New York and the subsequent nightmare of the McCarthy era, The Pursuit of Happiness is a great, tragic love story; a tale of divided loyalties, decisive moral choices and the random workings of destiny.#1 International Bestseller

“Kennedy tells his epic tale with a keen eye and brisk pace.... a winningly sincere love story.” —Publishers Weekly

Manhattan, Thanksgiving eve, 1945. The war is over, and Eric Smythe’s party was in full swing. All his clever Greenwich Village friends were there. So too was his sister Sara, an independent, outspoken young woman, starting to make her way in the big city. And then in walked Jack Malone, a U.S. Army journalist just back from a defeated Germany, a man whose world view was vastly different than that of Eric and his friends. This chance meeting between Sara and Jack and the choices they both made in the wake of it would eventually have profound consequences, both for themselves and for those closest to them for decades afterwards. Set amidst the dynamic optimism of postwar New York and the subsequent nightmare of the McCarthy era, The Pursuit of Happiness is a great, tragic love story; a tale of divided loyalties, decisive moral choices and the random workings of destiny.

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Publisher
Atria Books
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
592
Author
Douglas Kennedy
Title
The Pursuit of Happiness
ISBN-13
9781439199121
Publication Date
October, 2010
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.70 Inches
ISBN-10
1439199124

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This book really shoul...

This book really should come under 'boring mush,' because it doesn't cover much other than matters of the heart, but I can't do that. This book is so incredibly well-written, that it seems to be so much more than that. I couldn't put this down (or rather, I could, only because I didn't want it to end, I was enjoying reading it that much - a rare thing!). The book starts off from the point of view of Kate, a recently divorced single mother with a young son. Her mother has just died (the author really throws you into the deep end, emotionally!), and she is hoping for some time alone to mourn, but keeps receiving phone calls and letters from a woman named Sara Smythe. Eventually she goes round to her apartment to ask for the harassment to stop, finding her apartment covered in photos of her and her brother. The author makes Sara seem like a stalker, a strange old woman, but then it switches to Sara's point of view. She has given Kate a book, in which she tells her (exciting!) life-story, and this is the major chunk of the book. I loved the characters, and I was amazed that the author is male - both points of view are from female characters, and it's rare when authors can relate to the opposite sex so well. He has every emotion and feeling down completely, and has the most amazing way with words. I wish I was able to make my feelings that clear! I cannot recommend this book enough. This is definitely going to be one of my ultimate favourites, that I will actually re-read later on (the other one that comes to mind that's similar to this is Paullina Simons' Tully, which I feel the same way about).

Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

This book really shoul...

This book really should come under 'boring mush,' because it doesn't cover much other than matters of the heart, but I can't do that. This book is so incredibly well-written, that it seems to be so much more than that. I couldn't put this down (or rather, I could, only because I didn't want it to end, I was enjoying reading it that much - a rare thing!). The book starts off from the point of view of Kate, a recently divorced single mother with a young son. Her mother has just died (the author really throws you into the deep end, emotionally!), and she is hoping for some time alone to mourn, but keeps receiving phone calls and letters from a woman named Sara Smythe. Eventually she goes round to her apartment to ask for the harassment to stop, finding her apartment covered in photos of her and her brother. The author makes Sara seem like a stalker, a strange old woman, but then it switches to Sara's point of view. She has given Kate a book, in which she tells her (exciting!) life-story, and this is the major chunk of the book. I loved the characters, and I was amazed that the author is male - both points of view are from female characters, and it's rare when authors can relate to the opposite sex so well. He has every emotion and feeling down completely, and has the most amazing way with words. I wish I was able to make my feelings that clear! I cannot recommend this book enough. This is definitely going to be one of my ultimate favourites, that I will actually re-read later on (the other one that comes to mind that's similar to this is Paullina Simons' Tully, which I feel the same way about).


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