Secrets of Happiness

Secrets of Happiness

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When a man discovers his father in New York has long had another, secret, family—a wife and two kids—the interlocking fates of both families lead to surprise loyalties, love triangles, and a reservoir of inner strength.

Ethan, a young lawyer in New York, learns that his father has long kept a second family—a Thai wife and two kids living in Queens. In the aftermath of this revelation, Ethan's mother spends a year working abroad, returning much changed, and events introduce her to the other wife. Across town, Ethan's half brothers are caught in their own complicated journeys: one brother's penchant for minor delinquency has escalated, and the other must travel to Bangkok to bail him out, while the bargains their mother has struck about love and money continue to shape their lives.

As Ethan finds himself caught in a love triangle of his own, the interwoven fates of these two households elegantly unfurl to encompass a woman rallying to help an ill brother with an unreliable lover and a filmmaker with a girlhood spent in Nepal. Evoking a generous and humane spirit, and a story that ranges over three continents, Secrets of Happiness elucidates the ways people marshal the resources at hand to forge their own forms of joy.

Title:Secrets of Happiness
ISBN:9781640094451
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  • Elyse  Walters

    4.8 rating ... review to follow in a day or two. Must get more sleep ... overall... I think this might be my favorite Joan Silber book!! One particular part got to me so deeply - I had to step away fo...

  • Lisa

    The characters in this novel don't have much in common except a connection, sometimes tenuous, with each other. I thought about the title frequently while reading. Starting with Ethan and his discover...

  • Diane Barnes

    I have long wanted to read something by Joan Silber, since reading all the great reviews of "Improvement". I saw this at my library, brought it home, read it, and now I know. I like her writing, I lik...

  • Ron Charles

    Evidently, we have an inalienable right to pursue happiness. Finding it is another matter. But if we’re failing, it’s not for lack of interest. The market for self-help books has been growing at d...

  • Kasa Cotugno

    Joan Silber has written some wonderful books, but this may be my favorite. She employs a convention I particularly like - her novels consist of interlocking stories in which the characters are related...

  • Tooter

    4.25 Stars...

  • Jill

    Who knows where happiness comes from? In this exquisite new book by Joan Silber, the vanity of grasping for happiness—which is destined to slip out of our hands—is revealed through six interlockin...

  • Holly R W

    This is a book of linked stories featuring six character narrators who are related to each other through six degrees of separation. I found each one of these characters to be compelling and interestin...

  • Karen

    SECRETS OF HAPPINESSBY JOAN SiLBERI have been a devoted fan of Joan Silber's writing for twenty plus year's. You can imagine how excited I was to see this novel arrive on my dashboard. Joan writes int...

  • Ellie

    This is a perfectly written book. I can't imagine how it could be better.There are a group of characters whose lives intersect. There is a father with two families--one from Southeast Asia and one fro...