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Title: Happiness
Authors: Forna, Aminatta
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 309
Year: 2018
Language: English
Description: In the unlikeliest of encounters - caused by an errant fox on a London bridge - Attila Asare, a Ghanaian psychiatrist in the city to attend a conference, briefly collides with Jean Turane, an American scientist studying urban foxes. However, it is their next meeting that has more significance and using her network of volunteer fox-spotters, Jean is able to help Attila in his search for a young boy caught up in an immigration crackdown.

Carefully observing the interconnectedness of our lives, this is a multifaceted story of the many and varied inhabitants of a vibrant and complex city, including the wildlife that calls it home.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"Very well written and evocative - it ticked all the boxes for me."

"The people in the story are treasures we love to meet and understand."

"I loved this book. I found it uplifting but I'm not sure everyone will."

"A wonderful depiction of a wide variety of people in many places."

"The writing style and plot reminded me of Barbara Kingsolver."

"Immigration in the UK is a topical subject and we get a glimpse of daily life that we could never imagine."

"Best of all, we get to meet the main characters' friends, street artists, security guards, street sweepers, all from different countries."

"Loved it. Great read. And one that you think about afterwards."

"There are so many themes: racism, immigration, urban wildlife, wolves, foxes, parakeets, friendship and loyalty, psychiatric issues, and gardening. There's something for everyone."
Categories: Fiction, Community, Environmental, Grief/loss, Inspirational, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, England, 2020 Titles

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