This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!

This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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&́#x80;œJonathan 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.&́#x80; &́#x80;”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&́#x80;™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&́#x80;™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.
Publisher: ©2015
[Place of publication not identified] :, Algonquin Books,, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781616205362
Characteristics: 1 online resource (304 pages)
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)

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lcraig368
Dec 07, 2016

Such a sad story. Poor Harriet was betrayed by so many people.

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haileyj
Nov 19, 2016

This was a sad story on so many levels. First, Harriet was cheated on by her husband and now her children are after her money - all of this she discovers while on an Alaskan cruise. It was depressing.

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beaches4evr
Aug 26, 2016

I liked this book!!! The author states it best in his line "Life is not linear". How very true! That's the story in a nutshell. I am 65 and quite active---I find myself reflecting on my life's decisions, mistakes, regrets, blessings.....AND-- looking forward to adventures I still want to have. Reading the author's "acknowledgements" at the end also gave the book perspective. Some people may want to read those first. I found this story to be easy reading and enjoyable.

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brangwinn
May 16, 2016

I finished this book only because I kept thinking Harriet's life had to get better. Such a sad story. Somehow the review I read before choosing this book made her cruise experience seem humorous. I read the book while on a Holland America cruise and am having a much happier time than she did.

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coroboreefarm
May 07, 2016

An elderly widow embarks on an Alaskan voyage to scatter her husband's ashes. This sometimes humorous, sometimes sad book chronicles the life of Harriet Chance through flashbacks and present day narrative. Told in part by an unknown narrator, this is a charming tale of life's triumphs and failures, and ultimately the power of redemption. Life held together "..inexplicably, miraculously, really, by memory and association."
Quirky and charming, this little book will tug at your heartstrings.

JCLHelenH Apr 06, 2016

I didn't love it as much as "The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving". But I really loved TRFG, so that makes Harriet still a pretty good read.

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gvlee
Jan 18, 2016

A rather tragic story, full of pathos, told ironically in the voice of a cheerful omniscient narrator. I found it sad.

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bibliovore
Jan 15, 2016

Each of Jonathan Evison's novels has been very different, but his talent shines through in all. I thoroughly enjoyed this story about a woman forced to look into her past and reconcile the choices she made then with her life in the present.

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tavkaa
Dec 07, 2015

It dragged in places because the author was too interested in the main character's past and felt the need to describe everything. At first I was a little annoyed with the back and forth, but then the pieces started to fall in place, and it was interesting to see what the character was doing when it was all going down. The main character was appealing in that entering into my very own senior years. The out of body scenes were comic. Children always under estimate their senior parents.

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cknightkc
Nov 22, 2015

For me, THIS IS YOUR LIFE, HARRIET CHANCE, was an interesting novel, but the story was much darker than I had expected. I enjoyed the short chapters which kept the story moving and provided non-chronological "snapshots" of Harriet's life. At the beginning, Harriet seems a sympathetic albeit stereotypically doddering elderly lady (her habit of calling everyone "dear" was annoying), but little by little the real, flawed Harriet is revealed. Author Jonathan Evison skillfully proves that even the most ordinary of lives can be made up of secrets and complexities not discernible on the surface.

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