Happy Valley is an intimate, strange and quirky family diary chronicling, through portraits and unscripted moments, the everyday lives and relationships of typical middle-class white kids (my nieces and nephews) over several years as they come of age in the ever-changing but sheltered milieu of contemporary suburban America (in Utah/Colorado).
Being brought up an average, middle-class kid like my nieces and nephews, we share the same history of a seemingly normal, modestly privileged suburban life. But our story differs drastically from our grandparent’s and great-grandparent’s, which was marred by suicide, alcoholism, lack of education, mental illness, poverty, and divorce. Happy Valley embraces this rich history and links the complex narratives of disparate generations with a personal, revealing look at my family’s youngest members.
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