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Strung out on cocaine, Dilarang Membuang stands atop a boulder in a dog park of Lake Ontario, arms outstretched to the sky.He awaits the arrival of the two hit men who will blow him to pieces. A slew of ordinary and unconventional lives are ultimately affected by his death. They are interconnected by events that reach far and wide. Aisha, Dilarang's sister half way around th Strung out on cocaine, Dilarang Membuang stands atop a boulder in a dog park of Lake Ontario, arms outstretched to the sky.He awaits the arrival of the two hit men who will blow him to pieces. A slew of ordinary and unconventional lives are ultimately affected by his death. They are interconnected by events that reach far and wide. Aisha, Dilarang's sister half way around the world, must somehow find a way out of the slums of Dhaka and reclaim a life that doesn't include spreading her legs or reneging on her faith. Meanwhile in Montreal, Carol wrestles with past and present demons of her brother Barry, only to find herself and everyone else, a part of them. And Flo, missing Ms. V uses telephone sex to get over her grief, and becomes entangled in the unfolding events. A contemporary novel with a melange of characters that participate wittingly and unwittingly in two deaths-including one Dilarang Membuang. It is a testimony to how well we fall.


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Strung out on cocaine, Dilarang Membuang stands atop a boulder in a dog park of Lake Ontario, arms outstretched to the sky.He awaits the arrival of the two hit men who will blow him to pieces. A slew of ordinary and unconventional lives are ultimately affected by his death. They are interconnected by events that reach far and wide. Aisha, Dilarang's sister half way around th Strung out on cocaine, Dilarang Membuang stands atop a boulder in a dog park of Lake Ontario, arms outstretched to the sky.He awaits the arrival of the two hit men who will blow him to pieces. A slew of ordinary and unconventional lives are ultimately affected by his death. They are interconnected by events that reach far and wide. Aisha, Dilarang's sister half way around the world, must somehow find a way out of the slums of Dhaka and reclaim a life that doesn't include spreading her legs or reneging on her faith. Meanwhile in Montreal, Carol wrestles with past and present demons of her brother Barry, only to find herself and everyone else, a part of them. And Flo, missing Ms. V uses telephone sex to get over her grief, and becomes entangled in the unfolding events. A contemporary novel with a melange of characters that participate wittingly and unwittingly in two deaths-including one Dilarang Membuang. It is a testimony to how well we fall.

22 review for Happy Endings

  1. 4 out of 5

    Glenda

    This is Sherry's first book and what a great read! Clever and entertaining, with a series of complex characters whose stories twist and turn in an unpredictable way around the globe. 'Happy Endings' is about crime, sexuality and the complexity of family relationships. A compassionate and insightful look into the lives of people living on the edge. This is Sherry's first book and what a great read! Clever and entertaining, with a series of complex characters whose stories twist and turn in an unpredictable way around the globe. 'Happy Endings' is about crime, sexuality and the complexity of family relationships. A compassionate and insightful look into the lives of people living on the edge.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This great little book came highly recommended by a friend at a party. Started reading it that night and couldn't put it down. Lots of twists and turns. Interconnected lives and great character development. . Apparently it's the authors first book. I look forward to reading more from this lady! This great little book came highly recommended by a friend at a party. Started reading it that night and couldn't put it down. Lots of twists and turns. Interconnected lives and great character development. . Apparently it's the authors first book. I look forward to reading more from this lady!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ron Bagnato

    A wonderfully written book that kept me going til the end .Enjoyed the characters and storyline immensely.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marlene Apic pape

    'Happy Endings' is a somewhat cryptic title for this crime thriller by Sherry Bagnato. Without going into spoiler territory, I would say what constitutes happiness for each of the deeply flawed characters in this story, is complicated and ironically tragic. As a Torontonian and Beacher, I loved the parts of the storyline that occurred in places I am familiar with, even though they unfortunately involved the brutal execution of a central character, Dilarang. By contrast, the reader is then prese 'Happy Endings' is a somewhat cryptic title for this crime thriller by Sherry Bagnato. Without going into spoiler territory, I would say what constitutes happiness for each of the deeply flawed characters in this story, is complicated and ironically tragic. As a Torontonian and Beacher, I loved the parts of the storyline that occurred in places I am familiar with, even though they unfortunately involved the brutal execution of a central character, Dilarang. By contrast, the reader is then presented with a glimpse into the heartbreaking life of Aisha, in the slums of Dhaka and how she fought her way out, in her own pursuit of happiness. The author's descriptions of the sewing factory where Aisha worked and of what she was forced to do to survive, were simply heartbreaking. What I found most compelling, though, was the very complicated and troubled relationship between the brother and sister main characters, Carol and Barry. Their childhood is recollected, through somewhat rose-coloured glasses, by Carol, in flash backs. Sherry Bagnato has a real talent for creating scenes filled with affection and nostalgia, even if the memory was not particularly happy. Carol's deeply flawed brother was a tormented soul from childhood. The author's depictions of the manifestations of his inner demons throughout Barry's life was so well written; I sympathized with and despised him at the same time. I would say that the character development of these very diverse yet interconnected lost souls is definitely a strength of the author. I'm not usually a fan of 'crime thrillers' yet I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Were 'Happy Endings' achieved? You'll have to read the book to find out. I look forward to future works by this wonderful emerging author.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    The world Sherry Bagnato creates in Happy Endings is far from happy. In somewhat lyrical writing, multiple stories are woven together to create a tale about a brother and sister who have grown apart over the years. Though there is much more to it than that, it's a story with a sharp edge and one that really isn't filled with happy endings. However, despite drawing from the darker side of humanity, it does project a sense of hope, and a few relatively pleasant, if not completely happy endings can The world Sherry Bagnato creates in Happy Endings is far from happy. In somewhat lyrical writing, multiple stories are woven together to create a tale about a brother and sister who have grown apart over the years. Though there is much more to it than that, it's a story with a sharp edge and one that really isn't filled with happy endings. However, despite drawing from the darker side of humanity, it does project a sense of hope, and a few relatively pleasant, if not completely happy endings can be found. Though the writing is lyrical and expressive, and the multiple story lines are relevant to the whole, these two attributes occasionally get in the way of the central story and theme – though only a little. From Canada to Bangladesh, this book covers a wide territory, both geographically and thematically. Overall, an excellent read that will keep you interested until the very end. A job very well done by someone I believe to be a first author. Hopefully, this won't be her first and only book. I look forward to her next book!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tim Brown

  7. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Wheeler

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cameron Cira

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ian Cole

  11. 5 out of 5

    Charles Cira

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joe Smith

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lori Hough

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mary Cira

  15. 4 out of 5

    Susie Baccin

  16. 5 out of 5

    Susan Fleming

  17. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shari Hosaki

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anne Kennedy

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kat

  21. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Remington-Smith

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Meredith

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