Author: Brock Clarke
Title: The Happiest People in the World
Publication Info: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014.
Books previously read by same author: An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England by Brock Clarke
A Danish cartoonist, at risk for drawing cartons offensive to Muslims, is moved by the CIA to a small town in rural New York, given a position as a guidance councilor, and finds himself in the middle of the family drama of the high school principal and his wife the bartender of the local tavern. To further complicate things, the CIA agent who assigned him to this town is the former mistress of the principal. And to further make things wacky, pretty much everyone in the city is involved in the CIA or a secret agent of some time. I suppose this book is supposed to be a farce and a satire, but I found it a chore to read. I probably would not have finished it if I hadn’t been an award from the Library Things Early Reviewer program. There are some funny bits, but after a while it’s just one reticent character avoiding communicating with another character who hates them over and over.
Recommended books: The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
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