The Happiness Machine

by Katie Williams

On Sale: 20/05/2019


About the Book

‘Philosophical, funny, cleverly structured, unpredictable' Gabrielle Zevin

If a machine could offer a prescription for happiness but you might not like the results would you take the test?

Eat more tangerines. Divorce your wife. Cut off your right index finger. The Apricity machine's recommendations are often surprising, but they're 99.97% guaranteed to make you happier. Pearl works for Apricity – meaning happiness is her job – but her teenage son Rhett seems more content to be unhappy, and refuses to submit to the test. Is Pearl failing as a mother and in her job – and does she even believe in happiness any more?

Warm, witty and utterly charming, The Happiness Machine is where A Visit from the Goon Squad meets Where'd You Go Bernadette.

First published as Tell the Machine Goodnight.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780008265069
  • ISBN 10: 0008265062
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - GB
  • On Sale: 20/05/2019
  • Pages: 400
  • List Price: 19.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


Katie Williams's short fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, American Short Fiction, Prairie Schooner, Subtropics, and elsewhere. Williams earned her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. She teaches writing and literature at Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She is the author of two young adult novels, The Space Between Trees and Absent. This is her first novel for adults.

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