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Happiness Falls

(2023)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK • When a father goes missing, his family’s desperate search leads them to question everything they know about him and one another in this thrilling page-turner, a deeply moving portrait of a family in crisis from the award-winning author of Miracle Creek.

OPRAH DAILY’S #1 NOVEL OF THE YEAR • ONE OF PEOPLE���S TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR •  A WASHINGTON POST, BOOKPAGE, KIRKUS REVIEWS, NEW YORK POST, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING, BOOK RIOT,CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY, REAL SIMPLE, CRIMEREADS, AND SHE READSBEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

Belletrist Book Club Pick •
Finalist for the New American Voices Award • “This is a story with so many twists and turns I was riveted through the last page.”—Jodi Picoult

“A brilliant, satisfying, compassionate mystery that is as much about language and storytelling as it is about a missing father. I loved this book.”—Gabrielle Zevin, author of
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

“I fell in love with the fascinating, brilliant family at the center of this riveting book.”—Ann Napolitano, author of
Hello Beautiful

“We didn’t call the police right away.” Those are the electric first words of this extraordinary novel about a biracial Korean American family in Virginia whose lives are upended when their beloved father and husband goes missing.

Mia, the irreverent, hyperanalytical twenty-year-old daughter, has an explanation for everything—which is why she isn’t initially concerned when her father and younger brother Eugene don’t return from a walk in a nearby park. They must have lost their phone. Or stopped for an errand somewhere. But by the time Mia’s brother runs through the front door bloody and alone, it becomes clear that the father in this tight-knit family is missing and the only witness is Eugene, who has the rare genetic condition Angelman syndrome and cannot speak.

What follows is both a ticking-clock investigation into the whereabouts of a father and an emotionally rich portrait of a family whose most personal secrets just may be at the heart of his disappearance. Full of shocking twists and fascinating questions of love, language, and human connection,
Happiness Falls is a mystery, a family drama, and a novel of profound philosophical inquiry. With all the powerful storytelling she brought to her award-winning debut, Miracle Creek, Angie Kim turns the missing-person story into something wholly original, creating an indelible tale of a family who must go to remarkable lengths to truly understand one another.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"There is a freshness and originality to Angie Kim's work that brings joy to the reader . . . Happiness Falls is another superlative effort in what is fast shaping up to be a remarkable career." - David Baldacci

"[A] page-turner about a missing man and a precise (and luminous) exploration of what it's like to be the teens he has left behind." - Chris Bohjalian

"[A] rare book that can change your entire outlook on the world." - Janelle Brown

"This book will stay with you long after you turn the final, satisfying page." - Alafair Burke

"Kim is a tremendous writer . . . a compelling mystery as well as a guide to managing the uncertainties of life and the challenges of family." - Steph Cha

"I began reading Happiness Falls expecting a murder mystery. What I got was the most moving and humbling portrait of humanity I've read in quite some time." - Mary Beth Keane

"A sublime literary mystery that is a mesmerizing update to the missing person story, a layered and innovative exploration of family, love, happiness, and race." - Jean Kwok

"A riveting, revelatory masterpiece . . . I stayed up half the night to finish this novel, and when I woke in the morning, I turned back to the first page to begin again." - Anthony Marra

"A brilliant novel that has everything I want in fiction--great writing, fascinating characters, suspenseful storytelling, and thought-provoking themes. Readers are going to fall in love with Happiness Falls." - Imbolo Mbue

"Happiness Falls . . . keeps you thinking and guessing and feeling all at the same time." - Liz Moore

"I fell in love with the fascinating, brilliant family at the center of this riveting book." - Ann Napolitano

"Happiness Falls is on the one hand a profound meditation on the meaning of life and the nature of happiness, while on the other hand a riveting mystery replete with suspense." - Chris Pavone

"Brilliant, immersive, and deeply moving . . . a book that will change the way you think--a book that will change your life." - Julia Phillips

"One of best mystery novels ever written." - Gary Shteyngart

"An exhilarating literary tour de force . . . [Happiness Falls] will introduce you to extraordinary characters whose lives will leave you forever changed." - Danielle Trussoni


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