About the Author
JONATHAN EVISON is an American writer known for his novels All About Lulu (winner of the Washington State Book Award), West of Here (New York Times bestseller, winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and the Booklist Editor s Choice Award) and The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving (currently in development for film). In 2009 and 2011 he was nominated by the American Book Association as Most Engaging Author. In his teens, Evison was a founding member and frontman of the Seattle punk band March of Crimes, which included future members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. Born in San Jose, California, he now lives on an island in western Washington with his family. His latest novel, This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!, will be published in September 2015.
Once again, Jonathan Evison dazzles . . . "This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance "is as sweet as it is inventive, profound as it is hilarious, unflinching as it is bighearted. Maria Semple, author of "Where d You Go, Bernadette" With her husband Bernard two years in the grave, seventy-eight-year-old Harriet Chance sets sail on an ill-conceived Alaskan cruise only to discover 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, Harriet is forced to take a long look back, confronting the truth about pivotal events that changed the course of her life. Jonathan Evison has crafted a bighearted novel with an endearing heroine at its center. Through Harriet, he paints a bittersweet portrait of a postmodern everywoman with great warmth, humanity, and humor. Part dysfunctional love story, part poignant exploration of the mother/daughter relationship, nothing is what it seems in this tale of acceptance, reexamination, forgiveness, and, ultimately, healing. It is sure to appeal to admirers of Evison's previous work, as well as fans of such writers as Meg Wolitzer, Junot Diaz, and Karen Joy Fowler. Evison is a ridiculously gifted storyteller . . . This is] an irresistible, inventive novel full of important ideas about how we live our lives as parents, children, partners, and human beings. Jami Attenberg, author of "The Middlesteins" Has all the wonderful snap and sizzle we ve come to expect from Jonathan Evison's work, and as much heart as any novel I ve read in recent years. He] packs an entire life--many lives--into this fine book, and does so with the empathy and insight of a writer at the top of his game. Ben Fountain, author of "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk"