To Be Read: Hector and the Search for Happiness
From the Publisher: Following on the success of The Elegance of the Hedgehog, and already a worldwide sensation, Hector and the Search for Happiness finally comes to America, where readers will delight in its uplifting humor. As Hector travels from Paris to China to the United States, he keeps a list of observations about the people he meets, hoping to find the secret to happiness. Combining the winsome appeal of The Little Prince with the inspiring philosophy of The Alchemist, Hector's journey around the world and into the human soul is entertaining, empowering, and smile inducing-as winning in its optimism as it is powerful in its insight and reassuring in its simplicity.
My Take: A lot of comps in the above description and not much substance but apparently this novel has been a hit in Europe, where it's sold over two million copies. Hector is a psychiatrist who is very good at what he does for those with genuine psychiatric problems but is mystified generally by the general dissatisfaction he sees in his other clients. He then sets out across the globe to chase that elusive thing called happiness. As long as this novel stays more on the side of dry wit than cutesy, I think we're good here.
Hector And The Search For Happiness/ Francis Lelord / Penguin / PB, Aug 2010