Secrets to Happiness

Secrets to Happiness

by Sarah Dunn
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Secrets to Happiness by Sarah Dunn

Holly Frick has just endured the worst kind of breakup: the kind where you're still in love with the person leaving you. While her wounds are still dangerously close to the surface, her happily married best friend confesses over a bottle of wine that she is this close to having an affair. And another woman comes to Holly for advice about her love life—with Holly's ex!

Holly decides that if everyone around her can take pleasure wherever they find it, so will she. As any self-respecting 30ish New York woman would do, she brings two males into her life: a flawed but endearing dog, and a good natured, much younger lover. She's soon entangled in a web of emails, chance meetings, and misguided good intentions and must forge an entirely new path to Nirvana.

From the author of The Big Love, Secrets to Happiness is a big-hearted, knife-sharp, and hilariously entertaining story about the perils of love and friendship, sex and betrayal—and a thoroughly modern take on our struggle to be happy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316013581
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 03/25/2009
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Sarah Dunn has moved from Los Angeles to New York five times, and from New York back to Los Angeles four times, which means she is happily back in New York, where she lives with her husband, Peter Stevenson, and their son, Harry. Her first novel, The Big Love, has been translated into 23 languages.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

July 28, 1969

Place of Birth:

Phoenix, Arizona


B.A. University of Pennsylvania, 1991

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Secrets to Happiness 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Frisbeesage More than 1 year ago
What is the secret to happiness? This is a question you'll hear a lot these days! Holly thinks that she knows the secrets until her husband leaves her. She's back at the drawing board and with a hunky, young lover, a sweet, ill dog, and a cheating best friend all to help her figure it out. This book starts (and ends) with great, quirky, loveable characters. They are all flawed and each trying their best to find the ever elusive happiness. I love that Sarah Dunn explores all the options. Sure, for some, the secret to happiness is a white picket fence. But in the modern world it can also be a sad, sweet dog, the man your best friend is having an affair with, or the job you thought you hated. You have to open to happiness from anywhere, you never know when it will strike! Secrets to Happiness is sharply funny and yet still sweet and warm hearted. Sarah Dunn pokes fun of her characters even while she is guiding them down the path to happiness. I really enjoyed this book. It was smart enough to keep me reading and warm enough to make me feel good in the end.
megson More than 1 year ago
If you want to laugh this is the book for you. Sarah Dunn's characters are hilarious and her voice just makes it funnier. The story is great and moves along at a great pace. I have passed this book along to two friends and each one loved it as much as I did. I couldn't put it down and I laughed out loud and even laughed so hard I cried a few times. I will re-read it once I get it back. It also has a lot of meaning about what we expect from life and the roles we think we need to play and what actually happens. Even though it takes place in New York, I think anyone who like a funny read about relationships will get a kick out of it.
segw More than 1 year ago
I sat down with this book not expecting much - I did buy it for the cover. I ended up flying through the pages and enjoying a few emotional moments where my heart ached and tears swelled in my eyes.
Karen-LeBlanc More than 1 year ago
Holly Frick, the main character, believes in the basic goodness and morality of humanity but finds herself more and more disappointed as she sees the failings and shortcomings of those closest to her. In a humorous expose of her misadventures, Holly finds herself busy trying to keep those around her on the straight and narrow. Meanwhile, she misses opportunities for her own happiness until she realizes the secret is letting go of her expectations of others while learning to live with and accept the imperfections of humanity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Very realistic to life today; and I think that is important. A love of reading can stem from an escape using the imagination, or from wanting/needing to relate to something. This was a perfect blend. I suggest it to anyone. You cannot knock a simple, easy, feel good, realistic read like this.
Sara Diamond More than 1 year ago
I liked the quirky characters and the twists in the plot. Very relate-able to any NYC woman!
Joshua Bracking More than 1 year ago
I loved all the unexpected twists and turns of this novel. It was a fun read with funny characters. I loved Holly's character and how determined she was to do the right hing even living in such a big modern day city. Looking forward to the next read by Sarah Dunn!
SimplyHappy More than 1 year ago
It was such a fun read.
Kimmiepoppins More than 1 year ago
I am so glad I discovered Sarah Dunn--I absolutely loved this book. It was a nuanced mixture of truth and humor that I found both smart and entertaining. All of the characters had range and depth--keeping me slightly off balance even though I found them highly relatable. If you are a fan of Liane Moriarty's books, you're going to love SECRETS TO HAPPINESS.
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Maggie1st More than 1 year ago
The characters were so dis-organized and heading no place. When reading a page turner you want to keep going and see why they are doing what they are doing, in this book you never cared what the people were doing. Their is no plot or purpose. Half way threw the book i kept thinking about the poor sick dog in the apartment that is spoke of in maybe 4 pages. This sick dog is who knows where? He is dropped from the story for the next 100 pages. I bought the book because of the high reviews. Save your money! Save your time!
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Emilie Lasseter More than 1 year ago
This book was cute, but expected. The writing is OK. Not a page turner though.
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luv2read_88 More than 1 year ago
good summer read, but was expecting a better ending. Holly is a funny character.