The Pleasure of Unhappiness

 

Are you looking for a quick-paced, funny, and entertaining book? Need a novel to curl up with during these cold nights? Dean Bakopoulas' second novel, "My American Unhappiness" is a smart tale that will put your life and the anxiety of the times in perspective. Bakopoulas takes a satirical approach as he explores the end of the Bush era and the collapse of the economy.   

Set in 2007-2008 Madison, WI, the protagonist, Zeke Pappas, is the head of government-funded, non-profit organization that is quickly running out of money and under investigation by the Feds. He has embarked on a quest to document the unhappiness that plagues America. While attempting to do this, he must also help parent his orphaned twin nieces, care for his dying mother, and find a wife. The last item is a requirement in his mother's will:  to keep his two nieces after she dies, he must be married.

Pappas drinks too much, tries too hard to find that mate, and seems to fail at everything he does. His world is collapsing, yet he takes it all in stride, assuming everything will work out in the end. His only saving grace is a trick he performs at Starbucks to the amusement of a barista with whom he has a crush. As sad as this story seems, it is hilarious and well told. Find the time to read this fun little book.
 
--Keir H., Florissant Valley
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