Happyland by J. Robert Lennon

An American Girl-type doll company owner decides to buy a town, wreaking havoc in her wake.

This was satire without a heart. There was some strong bite, but it was cold and overly intellectual. Happy is a strong character, but she’s very hard to connect with, and this kept me at a remove so that I ultimately didn’t care. I also didn’t feel like he had a strong enough point of view about his targets of satire, or even a clear image of exactly who he was targeting.

Happyland was serialized in Harper’s. Visit J. Robert Lennon’s website.

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