Happyland by J. Robert Lennon


An American Girl-type doll company owner decides to buy a town, wreaking havoc in her wake.

This was satire without a heart. There was some strong bite, but it was cold and overly intellectual. Happy is a strong character, but she’s very hard to connect with, and this kept me at a remove so that I ultimately didn’t care. I also didn’t feel like he had a strong enough point of view about his targets of satire, or even a clear image of exactly who he was targeting.

Happyland was serialized in Harper’s. Visit J. Robert Lennon’s website.


One Response to “Happyland by J. Robert Lennon”

  1. FYI, here’s the real story (non-fiction).


    It could be a great novel someday, but we’re still living it.

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