Perfect Happiness is a realist novel with lyrical overtones. It explores the effect that witnessing a terrorist assassination has on a sixteen-year-old girl's life. The narrative moves from the moment the assassination takes place to fourteen years later in the girl's life, and the novel, which is both moral and confessional in tone, navigates those two planes effortlessly. The novel is moral, but not moralistic, because by confronting such horror the author has made a clear stand against the pursuit of happiness devoid of conscience.
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