The Happiest Song Plays Last
Paperback, 104 pages ISBN: 9781559364461Publication Date:
8 Jan 2015
Size: 215mm x 135mm£14.99

The Happiest Song Plays Last

By Quiara Alegría Hudes

Paperback £14.99

At the dawn of the Arab Spring in an ancient Jordanian town, an Iraq War veteran struggles to overcome the traumas of combat by taking on an entirely new and unexpected career: an action-film hero.

At the same time, halfway around the world in a cozy North Philadelphia kitchen, his cousin takes on a heroic new role of her own: as the heart and soul of her crumbling community, providing hot meals and an open door for the needy.

The Happiest Song Plays Last is about the search for redemption, humility and one’s place in the world. It is the final installment in Quiara Alegría Hudes’s three-play cycle, which began with Pulitzer Prize-finalist Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue and Pulitzer Prize-winner Water by the Spoonful.

Press Quotes

'As ever, Hudes’s writing is poetic but wry, full of swagger and poetry. There’s live music, but oh, how the lines sing too.'

Time Out New York

'Ms. Hudes draws all her characters with precision and understanding... this warm-blooded play underscores how the disorienting flux of life can be navigated with the help of carefully tended family ties.'

New York Times

'Delightful... Hudes is a very accomplished storyteller, a playwright with an emergent, fulsome American narrative.'

Chicago Tribune
Paperback, 104 pages ISBN: 9781559364461Publication Date:
8 Jan 2015
Size: 215mm x 135mm£14.99

Also by Quiara Alegría Hudes:

Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue
Water by the Spoonful
Daphne's Dive
Miss You Like Hell

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