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Issue Details: First known date: 2013... 2013 The Happiness Jar
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'Rachel Hudson succumbs to cystic fibrosis at age twenty-seven, leaving behind secrets that push each of her remaining family to question what it is they want from life, and from each other.

'Her father Brian, a Vietnam veteran struggling with the long-term effects of the war, has been missing ever since he walked out on Beth and their two children in the dead of night twenty years ago. Matt dreams of one day finding his own path like his heroic father, as Beth’s religious fervour propagates a childhood of parental disappointment.

'Rachel sets before her family one last request: a journey to the exotic and the unknown. Rachel, ever the free spirit, administers a dose of her notorious wanderlust.

'The Happiness Jar is a story about how tightly you hold on to what you believe in; how one person’s beliefs can affect a family and tear at the already fragile folds where love hides. It’s about faith, and what can endure despite the burdens we place on ourselves and each other.

'Set against the red dust of the Kimberley desert, and the smoky backdrop of the holy River Ganges in India, The Happiness Jar is a novel that reminds us that we continue to live in the memories we leave behind. ' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Kingston, South Canberra area, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory,: Storytorch Press , 2013 .
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      Extent: 352p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 9780646595146, 0646595148

Works about this Work

Writing Her Way to Happiness Samantha Ellen Tidy , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: Good Reading , September 2013; (p. 22-24)
'Abstract: She wanted to help Indigenous Australians in remote communities, but Samantha Tidy was overwhelmed by the challenge she had set herself. Beset by feelings of failure, she decided to write a novel, The Happiness Jar, as a way to deal with unfinished business.' (Publication abstract)
The Happiness Jar Kim Sweetman , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 14-15 September 2013; (p. 20)
The Happiness Jar Elaine Fry , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 3 August 2013; (p. 21)
The Happiness Jar Elaine Fry , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 3 August 2013; (p. 21)
The Happiness Jar Kim Sweetman , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 14-15 September 2013; (p. 20)
Writing Her Way to Happiness Samantha Ellen Tidy , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: Good Reading , September 2013; (p. 22-24)
'Abstract: She wanted to help Indigenous Australians in remote communities, but Samantha Tidy was overwhelmed by the challenge she had set herself. Beset by feelings of failure, she decided to write a novel, The Happiness Jar, as a way to deal with unfinished business.' (Publication abstract)
Last amended 22 May 2015 14:49:21
Subjects:
  • Kimberley area, North Western Australia, Western Australia,
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