Clarke, Brock. The Happiest People in the World. Book Review.

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This is a quirky, funny, and surprising book. It begins with a bar scene told through the viewpoint of a moose head on the wall. As bizarre as it seems, it makes perfect sense by the end of the book. Something strange has happened in the small-town bar. Something dark, violent, and unexpected. Then the book shifts to the past, bringing us to the incident that set these unexpected events in motion.

A relatively unknown newspaper cartoonist in Denmark draws a comic that draws attention to the controversy over the infamous cartoons of Mohammed. His house is burned down and he flees the country, protected by a CIA agent who is more concerned with making contact with an ex-lover then protecting the cartoonist.

The cartoonist takes on a new identity and a new job as high school guidance counselor. He is thrust into the middle of small-town drama. Events quickly spiral out of control as we learn the agent has gone rogue. With unexpected twists and turns, the plot expands with the zany and pitiable list of characters. Suspenseful, thought-provoking, peculiar, and endearing, The Happiest People in the World takes us on a wild, hilarious ride.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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