Updated: February 26, 2013 6:17AM
Former Southlander Patrick M. Egan penned the novel “Get Happy” about a man who is in denial about the reason why his life is falling apart.
Egan said the book is partially set on Chicago’s Southwest Side and has mentions of the southwest suburbs.
That’s not surprising considering Egan’s background.
“My wife and I both grew up on the Southwest Side of Chicago, just blocks away from Evergreen Park, Oak Lawn and Hometown,” he said.
“Once married, we stayed in the area for 12 years, living on the Southwest Side as well as Chicago Ridge and Manhattan.
“When I wished to pursue a career as a screenwriter, our entire family moved to Los Angeles to help make that dream a reality.
“But after eight years and a few minor successes, I grew disillusioned with Hollywood and decided to take firmer control of my own work and become a novelist.
“I’ve since written and self-published my first novel, and now split my days between working on my next novel and marketing and promoting this one.”
“Get Happy” is available at Amazon.com, where the book description reads as follows:
“Daryl Gleason cannot remember the last time he smiled. Or why. He’s recently lost his job, his business, his wife and the estranged grandfather who raised him.
“Everything he held as true about his life has proven to be the opposite, and he is now a man on the verge of collapse.
“Completely on his own, and without any sort of guidance for the first time, Daryl has become emotionally numb — unable to adjust or grasp the true significance of these devastating events.
“In fact, he’s incapable of doing much more than staring out the bedroom window at the barking dog in the yard behind him, wondering to himself what the little thing is trying to say.
“Luckily, his court-appointed psychiatrist doesn’t think he’s crazy. He simply believes Daryl is going though a little stage — one that can easily be remedied with a large dose of medication, and a small dose of advice: Leave the house, meet people,and most importantly, try to remember when and why you were happy.
“So, with his new best friend Steve (that little dog from the house behind him), Daryl embarks on a journey to search for the happiness that has seemingly eluded him.
“The two of them meet a diverse group of people including pirates, a nymphomaniac, an aimless philosopher and a teen runaway who all somehow have connections to various stages of Daryl’s past.
“Together they force Daryl to reassess his previously unexamined life, and help him ‘Get Happy.’ ”
Provided to the SouthtownStar