$26.00ISBN: 9780802127556Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Atlantic Monthly Press - March 6th, 2018
Two scientists, one an American naturalist who’s studying the lifeway of the urban fox, the other a Ghanaian psychiatrist who’s studying the impact of trauma on the brain, on human behavior, collide, literally, on a bridge in London. That collision is figurative as well as literal, however, since their encounter creates not just a connection but an unraveling, a re-raveling, that has consequences for them both. All of which sounds neat and tidy but like life, there is nothing tidy or neat about this intriguing, sometimes touching, often funny tale, weaving as it does an ardent chase down urban streets in search of a fox, of a missing child, of an old love, with a search for truth through the muddiness of misinformed beliefs and convictions. Happiness is a skillfully constructed, wonderfully written and complicated novel but also a fast-moving one; I couldn’t put it down and I can’t quit thinking about it.