Are You Happy Now? by Richard Babcock

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John Lincoln is a book editor miserably ensconced at Pistakee, a dinky Chicago publisher. His overwhelming ambition is to flee the bland, over polite Midwest and land in New York—where, he imagines, he’ll work with real writers; brandish success at his skeptical, patrician East Coast parents; and experience again the glories of a city where, with “every block, every step,” he will find something interesting and exciting.

What he needs is a hot bestseller, and he finds his vehicle in Amy O’Malley, a recent University of Chicago grad who’s worked on the school’s famous sex survey. With Lincoln’s prodding and guidance, Amy writes a sex-filled novel that draws on her experience. Her book indeed opens doors for Lincoln—but not in the way he imagined. Meanwhile, a professor of happiness studies at a local college blackmails him into publishing his fantastically mundane poetry.

Reminiscent of Richard Russo’s Straight Man, Are You Happy Now? is a comic novel about the hard work of understanding what it is you want.


About Richard Babcock

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Richard Babcock was the editor of Chicago magazinefor two decades until his retirement last year. He is the authorof two previous novels, Martha Calhoun and Bows Boy , and ofthe bestselling Kindle Singles My Wifes Story and Ah, Rat.
Published November 6, 2012 by Little A. 319 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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John Lincoln, floundering in his job as Executive Editor of Chicago's Pistakee Press, dreams of a more literary life in culturally vibrant Manhattan.

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