Author(s): Sarah Dunn
The central plot is a contemporary twist on Woody Allen's film Manhattan, with the genders reversed: a woman who is involved with a much younger man falls in love with her married friend's lover. The central character - Holly Frick - has just got divorced, published a distastrous novel, and has been forced to go back to television writing with her gay writing partner, Richard, who is on a self-destructive binge. Holly is Jane Austen's Emma Woodhouse, if Emma had lived in a time and place where married women spoke openly about their lovers, where gay men ordered partners on the Internet, and where answering machines and emails were the locus of romantic miscommunication instead of elegant hand-delivered notes. Like Emma, Holly gets involved in other people's romantic tangles, and she does so armed with unwavering moral certainty. And, like Emma, she's often completely off the mark!
'A smart, heartwarmingly funny story about modern love in the city. Secrets to Happiness is brimming with Sarah Dunn's vivid characters and engaging voice and will linger long after you've finished the last page. I love this book' Emily Giffin, author of Something Borrowed and Love the One You're With 'Sarah Dunn achieves what so many authors set out to do but so few manage: she captures the Zeitgeist. If you can imagine a cross between Candace Bushnell and Edith Wharton, that is Sarah Dunn' Toby Young, author of How to Lose Friends & Alienate People 'I love this book. I loved Sarah Dunn's last book. I can't wait for her next book. She is very funny, that's the first thing to say. But she is also deep, interesting and subtle. Her characters could be my friends and yet they utterly surprise me. She is so smart about life and society and the complex and contradictory ways our hearts behave. "Oh that is so true." As I read Secrets to Happiness, I found myself thinking that again and again and again' Delia Ephron, author of Hanging Up and co-writer of You've Got Mail
Sarah Dunn is was a scriptwriter and TV Producer on shows such as Spin City. She is now a full time novelist, and lives in California.