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Happiness Economics

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Shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour

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
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 3rd 2011 by Brindle and Glass Publishing
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Diane
Sep 05, 2012 Diane rated it it was ok
This is a tale about artistic inspiration as well as the dichotomy of the arts and economics but the biggest obstacle with this book is that the main characters are all quite unlikable. The wife Judy is an over-achieving judgmental harridan. The completely incompatible husband Will is the exact opposite -- an under-achieving whinging wimp. The kids are slightly more sympathetic. Zoe, the nasty twelve year-old daughter, is under enormous pressure from her mother and her peers. Alex, the ten ...more
Corinne Wasilewski
Sep 26, 2014 Corinne Wasilewski rated it really liked it
A tongue in cheek look at poets, poetry, muses and the meaning of life. I loved the humour -- so many great lines that really made me laugh. This one for example: "Writing is the new reading!" and, of course, Will's jingle line - Softer, stronger...because it's three ply. I also appreciated the comparison between poetry and parkour. All in all, a really good book.
Lana.
Aug 07, 2015 Lana. rated it liked it
While Paul was reading poetry, I was reading this: A story about a poet going through a mid-life crisis. It seemed rather bleak at first (sad marriage, parenthood, aging). But then, the whole thing became unexpectedly funny: middle-aged men acting like teenagers, teenagers creatively working through their problems, parkour!

People behaving badly generally leave a bad taste in my mouth, but the surprisingly sweet and then hilariously absurd turns mid-way, made it overall enjoyable.
Sue Sharp
Dec 29, 2014 Sue Sharp rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Loved the main characters - the stay at home dad struggling to write poetry; his wife who is a high profile economist and breadwinner; their two kids with issues they eventually find ways of dealing with... I also loved that this novel is set in Toronto and so I recognized and can visualize the setting. Such an interesting intersection of the two worlds of poetry and economics!
Suzanne
Jun 19, 2011 Suzanne rated it liked it
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Entertaining story of a struggling poet's journey to find his muse, and poetry itself's muse, too. Characters were well-realized and interesting, although I wish my two favourite characters, Will's children Alex and Zoe, had played bigger roles as both were really great. The story's trajectory was somewhat predictable in parts with very few surprises thrown in, which made for a bit of a less engaging read at times.
Gillian Deacon
Feb 03, 2013 Gillian Deacon rated it it was amazing


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!
Lindsey Pollard
Apr 23, 2012 Lindsey Pollard rated it liked it
This was a quick and easy read. The characters weren't very believable and the story was a stretch, but it moved at a quick pace and had a few clever moments. Good enough!
Luise
poet married to economist - clash in philosophies of life, raising teenagers, poetry as life's work, value of art vs. monetary success, intelligent comedy
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A fun read that made me laugh out loud. Loved that it was set in Toronto, as I used to live there.
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