This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance (Compact Disc)
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
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
With her husband Bernard two years in the grave, seventy-nine year old Harriet Chance sets sail on an ill-conceived Alaskan cruise only to discover through a series of revelations that she's been living the past sixty years of her life under entirely false pretenses. There, amid the buffets and lounge singers, between the imagined appearance of her late husband and the very real arrival of her estranged daughter midway through the cruise, Harriet is forced to take a long look back, confronting the truth about pivotal events that changed the course of her life.