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July 2013 - The Illicit Happiness of Other People by Manu Joseph

Approximate cost: $14-18 (includes lunch, tax, tip, and $1 to support the meetup). May be a little less depending on location. Additional cost for anything you add from the menu (breads, beverages, chai).

The Illicit Happiness of Other People: A Novel by Manu Joseph

A quirky and darkly comic take on domestic life in southern India.

Ousep Chacko, journalist and failed novelist, prides himself on being “the last of the real men.” This includes waking neighbors upon returning late from the pub. His wife Mariamma stretches their money, raises their two boys, and, in her spare time, gleefully fantasizes about Ousep dying. One day, their seemingly happy seventeen-year-old son Unni—an obsessed comic-book artist—falls from the balcony, leaving them to wonder whether it was an accident. Three years later, Ousep receives a package that sends him searching for the answer, hounding his son’s former friends, attending a cartoonists’ meeting, and even accosting a famous neurosurgeon. Meanwhile, younger son Thoma, missing his brother, falls head over heels for the much older girl who befriended them both. Haughty and beautiful, she has her own secrets. The Illicit Happiness of Other People—a smart, wry, and poignant novel—teases you with its mystery, philosophy, and unlikely love story.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I could not join in for the meetup but read the book - crazy awesome! :) looking forward to the next event! :)

    July 23, 2013

  • Jyoti

    I haven't had time to read the book. I'll catch up with you all in September.

    July 12, 2013

  • jeanne w.

    I'll be taking The Ride from Central Square Cambridge. U can join me if u wish, Rachel.


    July 8, 2013

  • Rachel F

    I would be so grateful if someone could give me a ride from the cambridge area,somerville, arlington, etc.

    July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, a family situation has occurred and I'm not able to go.

    July 3, 2013

  • CarolT

    Argh, my summer schedule just isn't cooperating. Sorry I have to miss this.

    July 3, 2013

  • Ariel S.

    I' am going to have to drop out of this one cause of some sudden travel - which makes me super sad cause this book is really quite good.
    Have a good time, and meet you all soon!

    July 3, 2013

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