There’s a secret to finding happiness: Sell your childhood. This offbeat little novel follows twentysomething John Thomas, who wanders the country selling his childhood. It’s a process that involves the imagination and becomes a bookwide metaphor for finding happiness. But John Thomas is haunted by a tragic past. When he goes missing, his longtime friend in misadventure, Sebastian, sets out to find him. Along the way, he turns the book into an instruction manual on how to begin selling your own childhood and narrates their story: two young men who quit society in search of the secret to happiness. If Kurt Vonnegut, Haruki Murakami, and Richard Brautigan had all teamed up to write a magical realist novel that could function equally as a Ferris wheel, this is what it might resemble.