Get Happy

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Daryl Gleason cannot remember the last time he smiled. Or why. He's recently lost his job, his business, his wife, and the estranged grandfather who raised him. Everything he held as true about his life has proven to be the opposite, and he is now a man on the verge of collapse. Completely on his own, and without any sort of guidance for the first time, Daryl has become emotionally numb - unable to adjust, or grasp the true significance of these devastating events. In fact, he's incapable of doing much more than ...
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Overview

Daryl Gleason cannot remember the last time he smiled. Or why. He's recently lost his job, his business, his wife, and the estranged grandfather who raised him. Everything he held as true about his life has proven to be the opposite, and he is now a man on the verge of collapse. Completely on his own, and without any sort of guidance for the first time, Daryl has become emotionally numb - unable to adjust, or grasp the true significance of these devastating events. In fact, he's incapable of doing much more than staring out the bedroom window at the barking dog in the yard behind him, wondering to himself what the little thing is trying to say.

Luckily, his court-appointed psychiatrist doesn't think he's crazy. He simply believes Daryl is going though a little stage - one that can easily be remedied with a large dose of medication, and a small dose of advice: leave the house, meet people, and most importantly, try to remember when and why you were happy.

So, with his new best friend Steve, (that little dog from the house behind him), Daryl embarks on a journey to search for the happiness that has seemingly eluded him. The two of them meet a diverse group of people ~ including pirates, a nymphomaniac, an aimless philosopher, and a teen runaway ~ who all somehow have connections to various stages of Daryl's past. Together they force Daryl to reassess his previously unexamined life, and help him Get Happy!

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Editorial Reviews

Amazon - Petra Rawkce
GET HAPPY is a book that will make you feel good about yourself: the protagonist Daryl is so pathetic, no-one by comparison can fail to feel like a tremendous success in life. What Daryl has that you lack, however, is a talking dog.

Your snort will turn into belly laughs as the book carries you along relentlessly as a Greyhound Bus-ride where your companions are eccentrics whom you tell stories about the rest of your (possibly pathetic) life.
Amazon - C G
From the very first page, and on nearly every page, I found something to smile about. Or laugh right out loud about. I loved this book, I loved where it took me. Daryl has a very off the wall way of looking at life and everything in it. He's trying to figure out if he has completely lost his Happy, and if so, when did this happen? Where did it go? Can he find out? Is it possible to get it back? And why is that dog still barking? Travel with Daryl and Steve, meet the crazy and interesting charact
Amazon - Amanda Alexander Alexander
You know how sometimes that perfect book falls into your lap at just the right time? This was mine. A friendly suggestion to purchase this book and a few days with my nose stuck to my Kindle and I found I was rather turned around. After asking a few people if they would run away to Tupelo with me I found the hard questions I was facing just weren't so hard. The things I was waiting for someone else to tell me sounded just as good coming from my mouth...and trust me on this one, on the way out th
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615775791
  • Publisher: Palimare Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/17/2013
  • Pages: 430
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

I am a writer, (no kidding!), currently living in Southern California, but originally from the southwest side of Chicago. I studied Theater and Creative Writing at Columbia College, and was trained in improv at Second City. I worked in a number of comedy groups in both Chicago and L.A., as a writer, performer, and director. I even did some stand-up for a while. Then again, who hasn't?
recently, I have written short stories and screenplays, and also write a blog titled "Did Anybody See Where I put My Blog?"
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Daryl Gleason has hit rock bottom. In fact, he¿s chiseled a hole

    Daryl Gleason has hit rock bottom. In fact, he’s chiseled a hole in the rock bottom and has fallen through that. He can’t remember the last time he was -if he ever was- happy.
    Daryl and his loquacious canine sidekick, Steve, embark on a fantastic cross-country journey to find the cure for Daryl’s perpetual morose apathy. Chancing upon a horde of unique and sometimes wacky characters along the way, Daryl takes away some new change in perspective from each encounter, even as his dilemma touches the lives of those he meets.
    Love, loss, learning to accept gifts and reject pain, and finding your own voice are concepts beautifully and hilariously explored in “Get Happy”.

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