Pieces of Happiness

Pieces of Happiness

A Novel of Friendship, Hope and Chocolate

Book - 2017 | First American edition
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""I've planted my feet on Fijian earth and I intend to stay here until the last sunset. Why don't you join me? Leave behind everything that didn't work out!" When Sina, Maya, Ingrid, and Lisbeth each receive a letter in the mail posing the same question, the answer is obvious. Their old high school friend Kat--Kat the adventurer, Kat who ran away to the South Pacific as soon as they graduated--has extended the invitation of a lifetime: Come live with me on my cocoa farm in Fiji. Come spend the days eating chocolate and gabbing like teenagers once again, free from men, worries, and cold. Come grow old in paradise, together, as sisters. Who could say no? Now in their sixties, the friends have all but resigned themselves to the cards they've been dealt. There's Sina, a single mom with financial woes; gentle Maya who feels the world slipping away from her; Ingrid, the perennial loner; Lisbeth, a woman with a seemingly picture-perfect life; and then Kat, who is recently widowed. As they adjust to their new lives together, the friends are watched over by Ateca, Kat's longtime housekeeper, who oftentimes knows the women better than they know themselves and recognizes them for what they are: like "a necklace made of shells: from the same beach but all of them different." Surrounded by an azure-blue ocean, cocoa trees, and a local culture that is fascinatingly, joyfully alien, the friends find a new purpose in starting a business making chocolate: bittersweet, succulent pieces of happiness. A story of love, hope, and chocolate, PIECES OF HAPPINESS will reaffirm your faith in friendship, second chances, and the importance of indulging one's sweet tooth"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2017]
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780385542807 (hardcover)
0385542801 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: FIC OSTBY
Characteristics: 299 pages ; 25 cm

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Book seeking adult reader who wants a trip to Fiji, old friends and some delicious chocolate.


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LPL_KateG Jul 21, 2017

A sweet (pun intended?), fast read about a group of friends who choose to abandon the trappings of their lackluster lives and spend their remaining years together. This one is pretty light and fun, and also made me hungry for chocolate! Great for if you want a charming brain break with alternating narrators.

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