The Illicit Happiness of Other People by Manu Joseph
A Novel

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews

“The Illicit Happiness” may on occasion read like a novel too pleased with its own cleverness, but it does not feel overburdened. That is quite an achievement.
-The Economist

Synopsis

A quirky and darkly comic take on domestic life in southern India.


Ousep Chacko, journalist and failed novelist, prides himself on being “the last of the real men.” This includes waking neighbors upon returning late from the pub. His wife Mariamma stretches their money, raises their two boys, and, in her spare time, gleefully fantasizes about Ousep dying. One day, their seemingly happy seventeen-year-old son Unni—an obsessed comic-book artist—falls from the balcony, leaving them to wonder whether it was an accident. Three years later, Ousep receives a package that sends him searching for the answer, hounding his son’s former friends, attending a cartoonists’ meeting, and even accosting a famous neurosurgeon. Meanwhile, younger son Thoma, missing his brother, falls head over heels for the much older girl who befriended them both. Haughty and beautiful, she has her own secrets. The Illicit Happiness of Other People—a smart, wry, and poignant novel—teases you with its mystery, philosophy, and unlikely love story.
 

About Manu Joseph

See more books from this Author
Manu Joseph, who lives in New Delhi, is a columnist for the International Herald Tribune. His first novel, Serious Men, won the PEN/Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize.
 
Published January 7, 2013 by W. W. Norton & Company. 351 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for The Illicit Happiness of Other People
All: 2 | Positive: 2 | Negative: 0

NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Ariel Balter on Jan 07 2013

...quirky characters and situations, humor, mysteries, wild goose chases, and philosophical and psychological theories into entertaining, yet thought provoking, insightful novels.

Read Full Review of The Illicit Happiness of Othe... | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books

The Economist

Above average
on Jan 19 2013

“The Illicit Happiness” may on occasion read like a novel too pleased with its own cleverness, but it does not feel overburdened. That is quite an achievement.

Read Full Review of The Illicit Happiness of Othe... | See more reviews from The Economist

Reader Rating for The Illicit Happiness of Other People
78%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 39 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×