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Happiness Economics

Happiness Economics

A Canada Reads 2014 Top 40 Book



From the publisher:

Will Thorne is a stalled poet, married to Judy, a wildly successful celebrity economist. Pressured by a starving fellow poet, Will establishes The Poets' Preservation Society, a genteel organization to help poets in need. But when Will meets his muse, the enigmatic and athletic Lily White, he becomes inspired not only to write poetry, but to take guerrilla action in support of poets everywhere. Poetry meets parkour and culture clashes with commerce in this hilarious look at how we measure the value of art.



Praise for Happiness Economics:

"All four main characters--parents and children--are engrossing and real. Lapeña builds quiet suspense expertly, and has a knack for showing us inside these terribly flawed and sometimes annoying people, making them beautiful in their ordinary and contradictory ways." --The Globe and Mail


"[This book] is a big rollicking, lusty book filled with characters who get in you and stay--I dare you to not love and care about these people. It's a rewarding story, a beautifully unraveled journey. It's as clever as hell and filled with massive heart. Happiness Economics is a Brava! performance by a writer to watch." --The Winnipeg Review