Before the crisis swamped Portugal, Daniel and his friends had created a formula to quantify the factors that contribute to happiness, but as their world loses its familiar structure, even the most fundamental aspects of the equation seem in danger of disappearing. Despite the chaos around them, the characters in this humorous and poignant book ultimately reach for what is best about themselves—and discover that helping someone else, even when it seems you have nothing to offer, may be the most critical component of happiness.
As a reader, I felt echoes of the characters’ despair and rejoiced in the moments when they were able to reconnect with their essential humanity. It’s an uplifting read that I hope will contribute to your happiness, as it did mine.
- Elizabeth DeNoma, Editor