The Happiest People in the World

The Happiest People in the World

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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“[A] dark and funny satire . . . Infidelities, secret identities and double-crosses . . . Reflects the absurdity of any country obsessed with spying on its own people.” —The Wall Street Journal

Take the format of a spy thriller, shape it around real-life incidents involving international terrorism, leaven it with dark, dry humor, toss in a love rectangle, give everybody a gun, and let everything play out in the outer reaches of upstate New York--there you have an idea of Brock Clarke’s new novel. Filled with wonder and anger in almost equal parts,The Happiest People in the World is a ripped-from-the-headlines tale of paranoia and the all-American obsession with security and the conspiracies that threaten it.

“A literary first: a book that feels like the love child of Saul Bellow and Hogan’s Heroes, full of authorial cartwheels of comedy and profundity.” —GQ

The Happiest People in the World begins with a raucous bar scene featuring party streamers, smoke, prone bodies, spilled fluids and a stuffed moose with a surveillance camera in its left eye . . . [Clarke has] success in dreaming up oddball originals that have instant appeal.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“[Clarke] creates books that taste like delicious cuts of absurdity marbled with erudition.” —The Washington Post

“A whiz-bang spy satire bundled in an edgy tale of redemption . . . His comedy of errors is impossible to put down.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A darkly hilarious novel . . . The writing is clever, the dialogue snappy and understated, and the effect is as pleasantly unsettling as anything Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ever wrote.” —The Portland Sun

“A zany and fast-paced book that explores the myriad ways people of all nations make themselves and others unhappy.” —Chicago Tribune, Printer’s Row

“Ranks among the funniest and most relevant social satires I’ve read . . . It might just make you the happiest reader in the world.” —The Dallas Morning News


Baker & Taylor
A satirical spy thriller follows the misadventures of a political cartoonist, who, after triggering uprisings with a controversial comic, accepts CIA protection in a small upstate New York town, only to become enmeshed in a complicated love affair involving several agents.

Baker
& Taylor

A satirical spy thriller follows the misadventures of a political cartoonist, who after triggering uprisings with a controversial comic accepts CIA protection in a small upstate New York town, only to become enmeshed in a complicated love affair involving several agents. By the best-selling author of An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England. Simultaneous.

Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014
ISBN: 9781616204297
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Jun 09, 2016

Absurd, yes, but in a good way. Like "An Arsonist's Guide..." there were weak parts but enough good ones to keep going. Plot twists so blatantly and purposely ridiculous that they're entertaining.

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KCWeimer
Jun 25, 2015

This was an interesting story. I thought it might be more funny. It was more an absurdist comedy. Good but different than anticipated

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