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Secrets to Happiness by Sarah Dunn
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Mar 10, 2012

it was ok
Read in February, 2012

I'm not often led astray by VSL (Very Short List) but their book recommendation one month was "Secrets to Happiness" by Sarah Dunn and it wasn't up to scratch. Ms. Dunn's writing is often clever and funny, and her characters straight out of a Sex and the City episode (so they're entertaining at least). The heroine, Holly, is a failed writer and ex-wife in NYC, and nursing her wounds from both. Friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and past/present lovers make appearances, sometimes taking over the narrative for a chapter (which sometimes worked, sometimes didn't). Overall, I wasn't drawn into any of their lives or characters, finding it rather like watching a poppy TV show. I'd read another of Ms. Dunn's books because I did enjoy her writing style and punchiness, but only if it promised more depth.

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