The Happy Valley


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$19.95  $18.55
Serpent Key Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.93 inches | 1.34 pounds

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About the Author

Benjamin Harnett is a poet, fiction writer, historian, and digital engineer. His poetry has appeared recently in Poet Lore, Saranac Review, ENTROPY, and the Evansville Review. His short-story "Delivery" was Longform's Story of the Week. He was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in Poetry, and he has been nominated for a Pushcart. He works for The New York Times.


"Heavily immersive ... A wistful work that reflects both the uncertain child and the nostalgic adult ... A knotty, philosophical mystery dense with lingering regrets." -Kirkus

"Fabulous and engaging ... richly creative!" -Glenda Burgess, award-winning author of So Long As We're Together

"A thought-provoking exploration of the past, the future, and the worlds we construct for ourselves ... The Happy Valley offers fascinating insights about the relationship between the past and the future, anchoring its philosophical musings in a personal story of rediscovery. To blend the abstract with the concrete, to mash-up genres with intention-neither is any small feat, and this novel pulls off the sleight of hand necessary to bring its distinct vision to life." -Independent Book Review

"[A] trippy, ambitious debut novel ... Reading The Happy Valley is not unlike the experience of opening a D&D game box ... The novel itself cuts the aching solemnity of its melancholic atmosphere with childlike naiveté, wry self-awareness, and a refusal to take itself too seriously ... Dense with historical and cultural references and perceptive insights into human nature on both an individual and societal scale ... a poetic, delightfully inventive work of modern mythmaking." -Edward Sung for IndieReader

"One of the most intriguing, beguiling, and thought-provoking books I read this year." -Diana Spencer, classicist and author of Varro's Guide to Being Roman

"The Happy Valley is uniquely inventive, and must be lauded for its scope. With an ambitious number of genres at play, a host of captivating characters, and an innovative plot [it is] a well-written, imaginative work that will quickly draw readers into the mysterious narrator's search for truth." -SPR

"The story doesn't just open. It grabs ... From cards containing great power to the ironies of disparate forces that find themselves unexpectedly on the same side, Harnett's juxtaposition of social discord and angst are nicely done ... The profound realizations experienced by the characters in this story will attract and captivate mature teens and audiences interested in the concurrence of past, present, and future ... It's unusual to see this intellectual depth tailored for such a wide age range, yet The Happy Valley is such a creation. It should be included in school libraries into adult leisure reading collections, and ideally will be chosen by the kinds of book discussion groups that found many of the philosophical, social, and political components of Cloud Atlas worthy of debate ... Powerful, gripping, and tempered by mystery and intrigue, The Happy Valley resides in a category of its own-that of a unique and compelling work of art that blends social and historical inspection with the trajectories of everyday young lives." -D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review