Secrets to Happiness by Sarah Dunn
Book Description: Holly Frick has just endured the worst kind of breakup: the kind where you're still in love with the person leaving you. While her wounds are still dangerously close to the surface, her happily married best friend confesses over a bottle of wine that she is this close to having an affair. And another woman comes to Holly for advice about her love life--with Holly's ex!About the Author: Sarah Dunn was born in Phoenix, Arizona. She went to the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in English and graduated magna cum laude. After college, she wrote a humor column for the Philadelphia City Paper while waiting tables (poorly) at TGI Fridays. When she was 24, she published The Official Slacker Handbook, and was subsequently lured out to Hollywood to write for Murphy Brown, Spin City and Veronica’s Closet. She left TV to work on her first novel, The Big Love, which came out in 2004 and has been translated into 23 languages. She is currently writing a television pilot for NBC called George & Hilly, and her long-awaited second novel, Secrets to Happiness, comes out this spring. She is married to Peter Stevenson, the executive editor of The New York Observer, and they have a chunky delicious new baby boy named Harry.
Holly decides that if everyone around her can take pleasure wherever they find it, so will she. As any self-respecting 30ish New York woman would do, she brings two males into her life: a flawed but endearing dog, and a good natured, much younger lover. She's soon entangled in a web of emails, chance meetings, and misguided good intentions and must forge an entirely new path to Nirvana.
From the author of The Big Love, Secrets to Happiness is a big-hearted, knife-sharp, and hilariously entertaining story about the perils of love and friendship, sex and betrayal--and a thoroughly modern take on our struggle to be happy.
Here's What I think: Although I was expecting "chick lit" when I signed up to review this book, I was quickly corrected by the harsher look of love this book takes. A wide variety of definitions of the concepts of relationships are explored in the pages of this well written book. Dunn definitely isn't writing about the fairy-tales of love but rather a much more realistic view of everyday love. These sort of stories often take me by surprise, mostly because I have been with the same man since I was 16 years old. I have never really experienced the "dating" world, especially in New York! So when an author can make me feel like I "get" it, I know it is well written book. I also laughed out loud several times while reading this book. I actually think it would make a great movie! This book was a quick and fun read.