Synopsis: Lizzie James is happy. She has a steady office job (with a steady stream of tray bakes), has had the same best friend since secondary school, and she sees her family every Thursday night for take-away and TV soaps. Granted, some members of her family she’d rather not see, and they definitely don’t want to see her after what happened back then… But on the whole she’s happy. Or somewhere close to it, anyway.
Until a letter arrives one day from her best friend, Roman. A letter dated 12 years ago, the exact day he went missing.
It brings all her painful memories flooding back: the new school she had to go to when she was ill, losing her beloved granddad, Hubble, and then losing her first love. As Lizzie uncovers the secrets of the letter, she starts to discover what really happened the year her life fell apart – and all avenues lead back to Roman.
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In Somewhere Close to Happy, Lia Louis has written a very thought-provoking book dealing with important issues. Drawing on her own experiences, there is a realism in her writing which makes it a very powerful read. We also loved the insightful Author Q & A, but recommend not reading it until after you have finished the book.
A moving and beautiful debut novel.