Offbeat. Protagonist Zeke Pappas in Dean Bakopoulos’ new novel, My American Unhappiness, may be the poster boy for why some politicians want to stop government funding for arts and humanities projects. Zeke is director of the Great Midwestern Humanities Initiative, based in Madison, Wisconsin, and his special area of interest is “The Inventory of American Unhappiness,” which assembles all the whiney ways in which people are bummed by the speed bumps of life and the many irritations that can be part of every day’s experiences. This amusing and offbeat satire will appeal to those readers who like a spot-on critique of contemporary life, but one that doesn’t take itself or ourselves too seriously.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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