Happiness Economics

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Brindle and Glass, 2011 - Fiction - 232 pages
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Will Thorne is a slightly published, stalled poet, married to Judy, a successful celebrity economist who doesn't understand him, or poetry, at all. Pressured by a fellow poet, Will starts The Poets' Preservation Society, a genteel organisation to help poets in need. But in order to persuade his high-powered wife to get him the necessary funding, Will must make a devil's bargain with her: he will write advertising slogans so that he can, in Judy's words, contribute to society. Writing slogans for toilet paper and spending his free time on the administrative work for the society, Will has neither the time nor the inspiration to finish his novel in poems. 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 parlour and culture clashes with commerce in this hilarious look at how we measure the value of art. Happiness Economics is a comic novel about a poet's heroic struggle to create, in the face of cultural and domestic impediments.

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User Review  - Denise - Goodreads

An interesting but drawn out story of what constitutes happiness in different people. Read full review

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User Review  - Gillian Deacon - Goodreads

Such a fun read, full of well-drawn characters. I loved that the author was able to poke fun at all her characters, especially the poets, and yet still make readers empathetic to their struggles. Happiness Economics will make you want to crack open some more poetry! Read full review

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Shari Lapena was a lawyer and English teacher before turning to writing fiction. Her work has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards and in 2004 she won the Great Toronto Literary Project. Things Go Flying was shortlisted for the 2009 Sunburst Award. She has been featured in The Dalhousie Review, The Globe and Mail and is an alumnus of the Humber School for Writers. She makes her home in Toronto. Please visit sharilapena.com , or follow Shari on Twitter at @sharilapena .

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