Nicole Bokat, The Happiness Thief

Forty-one-year-old Natalie Greene lost her mom and her childhood memories in a car crash two decades ago. What remains is a haunting feeling that she was responsible for her mother's death. After her husband leaves for another woman, Natalie accompanies her famous stepsister, Isabel Walker (aka "The Happiness Guru") on a retreat to the Cayman Islands. There, a late-night collision triggers Natalie's long-buried trauma and a heightened sense of guilt.

Upon returning home to Boston, Natalie tries to settle back into her life as a food photographer and single mother to a teenage daughter--but then, one day, an anonymous email arrives about the Cayman accident that suggests foul play. In her search for the truth, Natalie must deal with a mix of fear, confusion, and suspects. With the help of Isabel and an attractive journalist, she uncovers a trail of deceit that begins on that deserted Caribbean road, circles back home, and ends in the most unexpected of places.



NICOLE BOKAT is the author of the novels The Happiness Thief, Redeeming Eve, and What Matters Most. Redeeming Eve was nominated for both the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction. She’s also published The Novels of Margaret Drabble: This Freudian Family Nexus. She received her Ph.D. from New York University and has taught at NYU, Hunter College, and The New School. Her essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times, Parents magazine, the Forward and online at She lives with her husband in New Jersey and has two grown sons. Find her online at


TESS CALLAHAN is the author of the novel APRIL & OLIVER. Her short work has appeared in AGNI, Narrative Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, National Public Radio and Writer's Digest. Her TEDx Talk explores the relationship between creativity and constraint. She teaches creative writing, meditation, and created the website, a toolbox for aspiring writers. Her new novel is in the hopper. You can find Tess on Facebook, Goodreads, Instagram, Twitter and


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ISBN: 9781647420574
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Published: She Writes Press - May 18th, 2021