The Pursuit of Happiness

Praise for The Pursuit of Happiness:

“Kennedy vividly depicts the heady atmosphere of post–World War II New York City, the status of working women in the 1950s, the horrors of the McCarthy era, and the ways of the heart at any time. A romantic, sweeping read that will appeal to fans of women's and historical fiction.”

— Library Journal

“This weighty tome is as readable as the '50s bestsellers it channels. The prolific Kennedy, known mainly in the U.K. and France, deserves a wider readership in his native United States.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“Kennedy tells his epic tale with a keen eye and brisk pace.... a winningly sincere love story.”

— Publishers Weekly

“An engrossing novel that transcends decades.... It's a spellbinding but tragic read that you should not miss.”

— The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, OK)

“A compulsive read.”

— Kate Atkinson, national bestselling author of When Will There Be Good News?

“Curl up and enjoy.”

— Spectator (London)

“This superb story of divided loyalties and personal tragedy will leave you pinned to your seat.”

— Woman and Home (UK)

“This is a book that demands attention, gripping from the first pages to the closing chapters.”

— Marie Claire (UK)

“A triumph.”

— Mail on Sunday (London)

“This is the kind of writing that isn't supposed to be written anymore--a stunning conflation of individual destiny with the broad sweeps of history.... Let the hyperbole fall--this is the novel against which the rest of the year's output demands to be judged.”

— Express on Sunday (London)

“Kennedy can really tell a story. The twists in the plot are perfectly timed to keep the pages turning.”

— The Times (London)

“A big, ambitious book.... The storytelling is accomplished and the characters of the women, particularly Sara's true and singular voice, stay in the mind well after the last page.”

— Irish Times

“Kennedy chillingly evokes the atmosphere of disbelief, then visceral fear, which tore media-America apart.”

— Independent (London)

“An engrossing fable of moral choice.”

— Sunday Telegraph (London)

“Escapism at its very best.”

— Sunday Business Post (UK)

“Post-war Manhattan simply leaps off the page.”

— Independent on Sunday (50 Best)


— Good Housekeeping (UK)