The Great Happiness
A collection of 60-plus miniature fictions that riff on the theme of happiness. Written as an anti-dote to the all-pervasive climate of doom that we are living through. Fiction that is meant to delight, or as Geist Publisher and Editor AnnMarie MacKinnon has said of the three that Geist is publishing in their Summer 2018 issue: "They're utterly delightful" Here's hoping others think so too! It's good to be alive and we often forget that. Forget to laugh, forget to love, forget the possibility of joyous moments-as we continue to be overwhelmed and overtaken by bad news. If anything is going to get us through these frightening times, it's this flip side. Many of the miniatures in The Great Happiness are narratives with a twist, ones that radiate from a particular Avenue in a particular West Coast town. Others are imaginative flights, such as the recently dead experimental novelist "sitting in" on the obituary writing session convened by her husband or the woman who rescues an Atlantic lobster from Save-On-Foods and ships it to PEI to be released back into the ocean. The miniatures in all three books are written as "fictions that think", each one a combination of narrative, prose poem and joke (in varying degrees). And always heading Charles Simic's dictum to keep it brief and "tell us everything". The author also adheres to the notion of writing imagined things so that they are believed as being real. Each miniature is 1-3 pages in length.