You can buy a bunch of stuff with money. You can buy board games, boxed sets, hot hatchbacks and huge houses—an assortment of objects and accessories and investments likely to lift your spirits for a few minutes and, if you’re lucky, a whole lot longer. But, The Heart Goes Last asks, does that mean you can buy happiness? Its answer: hah!
Stan and Charmaine wouldn’t have had any need to, till recently. When they were first married, their futures were bright; their futures were right. “They were so happy then. It was just like an ad.” The newlyweds were even considering kids when the bottom went out from under the economy and civilised society practically collapsed.