Secrets of Happiness


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Counterpoint LLC
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5.6 X 8.3 X 1.2 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

JOAN SILBER is the author of nine books of fiction. Her last book, Improvement, was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award and was listed as one of the year's best books by The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, The Seattle Times, and Kirkus Reviews. Her previous book, Fools, was long-listed for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Other works include The Size of the World, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and Ideas of Heaven, finalist for the National Book Award and The Story Prize. She lives in New York, has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, and teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA program.


An O, The Oprah Magazine Most Anticipated Book of Next Year
A Library Journal Title to Watch

Secrets of Happiness unfolds across families and lovers, across time and expectations, across the country and across the world, and the bigger it gets, the more it shows how deeply connected we are. Joan Silber writes with a frankness and freshness that draws the reader closer with every page. It would be impossible to overstate just how good this book is. --Ann Patchett

Joan Silber is a masterful writer of multifaceted characters in complex relationship dynamics . . . Her new novel follows a man harboring a secret--he's leading two lives, part of two families--and the impact of his deception radiates far beyond him. --Arianna Rebolini, Buzzfeed, One of the Most Anticipated Books of the Year

Silber moves easily in and out of her characters' heads; the novel is deceptively airy, yet, given a reflective reading, it has an ethical center without the shortcut of easy morality. Silber's fans, and readers who enjoy smart, humane contemporary fiction that doesn't talk down to them, will enjoy this work. --Library Journal

A new Joan Silber book is always a reason to celebrate. Her latest is the story of a family--two families--exploding after a years-long infidelity comes to light, told in intersecting, polyphonic voices, like a tapestry of those affected. --Literary Hub, One of the Most Anticipated Books of the Year

This complex, intergenerational novel spans three continents as it reveals the connection between the two families, no longer secret to each other. --The Millions, One of the Most Anticipated Books of the Year

A new novel in stories from the master of the form . . . Silber's storytelling is so artful [and] so filled with humor and aperçus . . . Echoes the great Grace Paley, to whom Silber is so close in spirit and voice. While Paley was an all-New York gal, Silber makes faraway places seem familiar--oh, for the time when we can work on knowing the world even one-tenth as well as she does.These secrets of happiness really will make you happy, at least for a few sweet hours. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

[An] intricate and emotionally elaborate study of emotional ties. This mesmerizing story of love, lies, and the consequences of betrayal brims with heart and intelligence. --Publishers Weekly

Praise for Improvement:

This is a novel of richness and wisdom and huge pleasure. Silber knows, and reveals, how close we live to the abyss, but she also revels in joy, particularly the joy that comes from intimate relationships . . . [A] perfectly balanced mix of celebration and wryness. --The New York Times Book Review

Joan Silber's quietly brilliant novel Improvement weaves an intricate, zigzagging pattern out of the lives of a dozen people, and six well-chosen narrators provide the voices . . . The multiplicity of voices in this production gives a wonderful aural dimension to the weave of inadvertently interlocked lives. --The Washington Post