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Happyland [Kindle Edition]

John Lennon
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Book Description

A former doll and children's book mogul starts buying up land in a small town, and the people of the small town aren't happy.


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"While Lennon does borrow from external events the basic blueprint for Happyland, almost every element of the narrative is possessed by a headlong, reckless and forceful trajectory ratcheted up to such a degree that you cannot help but find yourself relishing like thunderclaps the high-octane comedic side-effects that result." —Three Guys One Book

About the Author

J. Robert Lennon is the author of a story collection, Pieces for the Left Hand, and seven novels, including Mailman, Castle, and Familiar. He holds an MFA from the University of Montana, and has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Playboy, Granta, The Paris Review, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. He has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and his story “The Rememberer” inspired the CBS detective series Unforgettable. His book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, and The London Review of Books, and he lives in Ithaca, New York, where he teaches writing at Cornell University.

Product Details

  • File Size: 672 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dzanc Books (October 31, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EP6PBLI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,227 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent satire October 7, 2013
By Amanda
Format:Kindle Edition
Deliciously dark, and very satirical. Never having been an America Girl owner or fan, I was fine with the sinister side of this story! Terrifically absorbing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great premise, well executed December 24, 2013
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I've read a number of Lennon's books now, and always enjoy his ability to get into the mind of his characters. He doesn't disappoint here.

This is pretty light fare, an easy novel to get into, but there is enough depth to keep it from getting silly - OK it gets a bit silly with the girls school filled with lesbians, and some of the characters are a bit over the top - but, still it's a fun read without being trivial. He wraps it all up well, a place where so many fail - he doesn't just stop writing.

A very enjoyable read!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dark look at big business vs. little town October 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
J. Robert Lennon's characters are anything but happy in "Happyland," a novel about a tiny town taken over by a egotistic doll creator. As Happy Masters follows a selfish plan to make over Equinox into her own playground, the residents - or least some of them - try to take back their homes.

The narrative is well written, however the plot is predictable.
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J. Robert Lennon is the author of a story collection, Pieces For The Left Hand, and seven novels, including Mailman, Castle, and Familiar. He holds an MFA from the University of Montana, and has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper's, Playboy, Granta, The Paris Review, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. He has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and his story "The Rememberer" inspired the CBS detective series Unforgettable. His book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, and The London Review of Books, and he lives in Ithaca, New York, where he teaches writing at Cornell University.

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