The Pursuit of Happiness

by Douglas Kennedy

Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

LoveReading View on The Pursuit of Happiness

Douglas Kennedy has once again written an incredibly powerful story set just after the second World War in Manhatten with twists and turns on almost every page. Incredibly well drawn characters, particularly the women, linger on long after you’ve finished the book. It’s a tragic love story, a story of divided loyalties and though quite a long book, much like his others, we think you’ll be glued to the pages throughout. A wonderful escapist read.

The Pursuit of Happiness Synopsis

Manhattan, Thanksgiving eve, 1945. The war was over, and Eric Smythe's party was in full swing. All his clever Greenwich Village friends were there. So too was his sister Sara - an independent, canny young woman, starting to make her way in the big city. And then in walked a gatecrasher, Jack Malone - a U. S. Army journalist just back from a defeated Germany, and a man whose world-view did not tally with that of Eric and his friends. Set amidst the dynamic optimism of postwar New York and the subsequent nightmare of the McCarthy witch-hunts, The Pursuit of Happiness is a great tragic love story; a tale of divided loyalties, decisive moral choices, and the random workings of destiny.

The Pursuit of Happiness Press Reviews

'Kennedy cannot help but write grippingly, and he weaves threads of love and betrayal into a thrillingly masterful ending' Observer

'Kennedy really can tell a story... the twists in the plot are perfectly timed to keep the pages turning' The Times

'This is a book that demands attention, gripping from the first pages to the closing chapters' Marie Claire

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ISBN: 9780099415374
Publication date: 05/09/2002
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
Format: Paperback (b Format)

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099415374
Publication date: 5th September 2002
Author: Douglas Kennedy
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
Format: Paperback (b Format)
Pagination: 656 pages
Genres: Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Douglas Kennedy

Douglas Kennedy's previous novels include the critically acclaimed bestsellers The Big Picture, The Pursuit of Happiness, A Special Relationship and The Moment. He is also the author of three highly-praised travel books. The Big Picture was filmed with Romain Duris and Catherine Deneuve; The Woman in the Fifth with Ethan Hawke and Kristen Scott Thomas.His work has been translated into twenty-two languages. In 2007 he was awarded the French decoration of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 2009 the inaugural Grand Prix de Figaro. Born in Manhattan in 1955, he has two children and currently divides his time ...

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