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This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! - Jonathan Evison
This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!
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“Jonathan Evison is a ridiculously gifted storyteller: racing, breathless, and vibrant with his prose, hungry for personal truths, and clearly in love with the world around us all. That compassion and those writerly charms are deeply felt in This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!, an irresistible,... show more
“Jonathan Evison is a ridiculously gifted storyteller: racing, breathless, and vibrant with his prose, hungry for personal truths, and clearly in love with the world around us all. That compassion and those writerly charms are deeply felt in This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!, 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 With Bernard, her husband of fifty-five years, now in the grave, seventy-eight-year-old 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 Harriet’s past. There, amid the overwhelming buffets and the incessant lounge singers, between the imagined appearances 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. And in the process she discovers that she’s been living the better part of that life under entirely false assumptions. In This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! Jonathan Evison has crafted a bighearted novel with an endearing heroine at the helm. Through Harriet, he paints a bittersweet portrait of a postmodern everywoman, her story told 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, and forgiveness.  
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781616202613 (1616202610)
ASIN: 1616202610
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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javajunco
javajunco rated it
4.0 This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!
For a novel about a woman in her seventies on an alaskan cruise, this novel is surprisingly fast-paced. And although I wouldn't call it action-packed, it's full of surprising twists and turns. A very enjoyable read.
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
4.0 Harriet Chance gets a chance to look back on her life and rethink it.
This Is Your Life Harriet Chance! Author, Jonathan Evison; Narrator, Susan Boyce Harriet Nathan was born November 4, 1936. On April 16, 1959 she became Mrs. Bernard Chance and gave up her ambition to become a lawyer. She had been ambitious, but it was a time when women were mostly homemakers, mother...
bookwookiee
bookwookiee rated it
3.0 This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!
I really waffled between 3-4 stars, so let's call it 3.5. I liked it. It was quick, easy, and engrossing, but it wasn't particularly deep. Harriet is held at an arm's length, making it difficult to invest in her as a reader. And the whole time-hopping chronology seems to be really in fashion these d...
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4.0 This is Your Life, Harriet Chance!
With a Greek-chorus-like narrative style and a nonlinear approach, This is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison works. Harriet Chance is a charming, sympathetic seventy-eight year old main character. Even more importantly, Harriet is human, with eccentricities and faults of her own, and wit...
debbiekrenzer
debbiekrenzer rated it
4.5 stars! #ThisisyourlifeHarrietChance @JonathanEvison This was a great story that jumped all over the place throughout Harriet's life to let you know just exactly what went on during her life and reminding her. At the same time, her husband, Bernie, who died recently keeps coming back to her and ...
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