Another Idea of Happiness

Marc Levy

April 2014 Copies in French Original publisher: Editions Robert Laffont | VersilioCommercial Fiction

How far should we go in our insatiable quest for happiness?

Philadelphia 2010, the first day of spring

Agatha has just escaped from prison. After thirty years behind bars, she only has a few left to go. So why escape now and risk everything?

At a gas station near the university campus, Agatha climbs into Milly’s car and obliges her to drive across the country. Milly acquiesces but little does she know what Agatha has in store for her…  Although a generation apart, Agatha’s infectious thirst for life not only shatters Milly’s routine, but makes her rethink the quiet existence she always thought she wanted. During the course of their journey they share dreams that never fade, and revisit loves that never die.

The two women spend five days together on the open road. And a series of encounters from the past brings them closer to Agatha’s secret.

How far should we go in our insatiable quest for happiness? What hopes should we never give up on? In this novel, Marc Levy reaffirms our unconditional need for freedom and sheds light on a chapter of American history.