This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! (Paperback)

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Like the 1950s television program, THIS IS YOUR LIFE, HARRIET CHANCE! flashes back on moments in the now 78-year life of Harriet Chance from toddler to widowhood. With quirky and sharp humor, Jonathan Evison, author of WEST OF HERE and THE REVISED FUNDAMENTALS OF CAREGIVING, examines life and love and family in a kind and forgiving way without glossing over the rotten patches. Sherman Alexie named him “the most honest white man alive,” and we would add one of the most empathetic.

— Lyn

Like the 1950s television program, THIS IS YOUR LIFE, HARRIET CHANCE! flashes back on moments in the now 78-year life of Harriet Chance from toddler to widowhood. With quirky and sharp humor, Jonathan Evison, author of WEST OF HERE and THE REVISED FUNDAMENTALS OF CAREGIVING, examines life and love and family in a kind and forgiving way without glossing over the rotten patches. Sherman Alexie named him “the most honest white man alive,” and we would add one of the most empathetic.

— From Lyn

Within three hundred pages, Evison delves into every rock bottom and joyous occasion of Harriet Chance's life. Harriet sets out on an Alaskan cruise and discovers more about her life than any human would care to know about themselves. Todl through a series of flashbacks, This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! is an adventure of self-discovery and self-love.

— From Al

September 2015 Indie Next List


“With This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!, Evison has crafted an instant classic. Recently widowed 78-year-old Harriet embarks on an Alaskan cruise that proves to be the vehicle for her own self-discovery. As one shocking truth after another is revealed about Harriet's life, readers come to love this woman who is anything but perfect, and whose life is anything but ordinary. With an inventive, addictive structure and prose that surges with life, humor, and compassion, This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! is one to move to the very top of your reading list.”
— Rob Dougherty, Clinton Book Shop, Clinton, NJ

Description


Harriet Chance impulsively sets sail on an ill-conceived Alaskan cruise that her late husband had planned. But what she hoped would be a voyage leading to a new lease on life becomes a surprising and revelatory journey into her past. Part dysfunctional love story, part poignant exploration of the mother-daughter relationship, nothing is what it seems in this tale of acceptance, reexamination, and forgiveness.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781616206017
ISBN-10: 1616206012
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: May 31st, 2016
Pages: 320
Language: English