Review

Review: Our Happy Days may well contain sparkling prose, but it has been lost in translation

By Frank O'Shea
February 12 2022 - 1:00pm
Life, in Our Happy Days, is about regret. Picture: Shutterstock
  • Our Happy Days, by Julia Holbe. Text, $32.99.

Elsa, Marie, Fanny and Lenica are four young French friends who get together each summer at some unspecified place on the Atlantic coast. Paris is mentioned in passing as are Luxembourg and Dublin, but apart from those, the story could be set anywhere. One summer, Lenica brings along a young Irishman named Sean. The action of the book is set that summer and another one many years later.

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