- File Size: 1262 KB
- Print Length: 186 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1943402450
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Down & Out Books (December 5, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 5, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MG5N9U1
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,043,477 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I thought I knew what I was getting into when I found out this involved a heist set in a sperm bank, but nope, I wasn't even close. From the shocking opening chapter to the very end, I found myself constantly surprised at where Colon pushed Fantine. And just when you think things can't get any worse for our safe cracking heroine, Hurricane Sandy hits.
Colon manages to walk a tightrope between the more outlandish and gonzo elements and the realistic, loving relationship between Francine and her father. One never overwhelms the other, and I can't wait to see what is up next for Fantine.
At its core, No Happy Endings is a heist novella and as most heist stories go, it goes pear-shaped. Colón opens the book in 2007 with a simple donation at a sperm bank. Not an ordinary sperm bank, it turns out to be something out of the movie Clockwork Orange. I did not and will not do any research on the workings of this mechanical extraction — I’ll take Colón’s word for it.
The next chapter set in 2007 introduces us to Park, a young Korean-American who has just electronically robbed a New York horse track/casino. She is quickly tracked down and arrested in an Atlantic City casino.
The book gets it real start five years later; Park is free and no longer on parole. Just as she hopes to get her life back in order with work, not drinking, and spending time with her father, she is strong-armed into a heist by an old mob boss. As Hurricane Sandy approaches the New York metropolitan area, Park balances the threats against her father and herself with planning a heist of the sperm bank. The relationship between Park and her father is a beautiful detail that Colón come back to several times.
Colón explains the Chinese black market for American sperm, but the story is so good in No Happy Endings we don’t care — a good example of how to build a useful (or useless) MacGuffin. Instead, we root for Park to navigate through the assorted criminals who try to deter her all the while she tries to keep her humanity.