The illicit happiness of other people by Manu Joseph

Joseph’s second novel starts of a bit slow but turns into a wonderful, insightful and sometimes witty read. A Malayali father, who has plenty of problems himself tries to understand why his son committed suicide by talking to everyone he can track down that knew him. The book touches on psychology and philosophy as it looks at what is happiness and theories of delusion as well as everyday life in contemporary Chennai. Off to a great start in 2014 with this book, hope Jhumpa Lahiri reads it too.  89/100


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