How Happy to Be
Onstad’s ability to blend satire with a moving story of coming to terms with life’s deepest wounds makes
How Happy to Be a wholly satisfying and striking novel.
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1. How Happy to Be begins in the melancholy childhood aftermath of Maxime’s mother’s death but quickly switches to Maxime’s present-day world of hangovers and men she calls “Ad Sales” and “Knee-Socks Steve,” revealing how the character masks her unease and fear of...
— Douglas Coupland
“Pop culture geeks will go nuts for Onstad’s brutal dissection of the life of a media whore. . . . A triumph.”
— NOW magazine
“A deft meditation on nostalgia, grieving, and familial relations. . . . Fresh, compelling and flawless.”
— Toronto Star
“[An] ambitious and impressive first novel . . . intelligent and arresting. An auspicious literary debut.”
— National Post
“An acerbic, hilarious and culturally astute page-turner of a debut.”