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A great read; had me turning those pages and almost forgetting my stop while reading on my commute.
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!
When I first heard about Happyland, I was intrigued but its controversial history is what drew me to reading it sooner rather than later. It’s a fascinating story about Happy Masters, a force of nature whose determination to succeed takes a backseat only to her own confidence in herself. Strong-willed, decisive, and not one to dwell on emotional entanglements, Happy built her doll empire out of nothing and makes no apologies for her success. When she stumbles upon the quaint town of Equinox, NY, she quickly decides that it should be home to Happyland, a town dedicated to all things dolls. As she buys up properties and ingratiates herself in local politics and the local women’s college, she makes both fast friends and enemies, but it’s not always easy to tell them apart.
As Happy forges ahead with her plans, a group of stunning secondary characters help create a vivid portrait of a town caught up in the hoopla. There’s Dave, the bar owner who refuses to sell and Janet, the quiet college student who’s strange fascination with Happy borders on idolization. There’s also the gas station owner who hates Happy with a passion and the mayor who never expected to face “real” issues with the townspeople. As the townspeople gossip about what Happy’s intentions may or may not be, lines are drawn and sides are taken.
What I loved about this book is that it taps into the innate desire to protect one’s own. While the townspeople are divided on whether Happy’s developments are beneficial or not, the clash between protecting the old and developing the new is front and center. Lennon’s ability to describe the emotions and logic behind each character’s actions is insurmountable. Plus, Happyland culminates in an ending that Shirley Jackson would be proud of for its ability to tap into the dark side of human nature. So if you’re looking for an amazing book with some dark humor, Happyland is a surefire win.
The narrative is well written, however the plot is predictable.