This Is your Life, Harriet Chance!

This Is your Life, Harriet Chance!

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Embarking on an ill-conceived Alaskan cruise, septuagenarian Harriet reunites with her estranged daughter and confronts pivotal events from her life surrounding the true character of her husband, who died two years earlier.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781616202613
Branch Call Number: FICTION EVISON 2015
Characteristics: 296 pages ; 22 cm


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Seventy eight year-old Harriet embarks on an Alaskan cruise where long-buried family secrets are revealed and a visit from her dead husband changes her relationships and brings new insight into her life.

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Nov 17, 2018

Not as fun as s it sounds. Worth reading, but not a great book.

May 14, 2018

If you want to be suicidally depressed, this is the book for you. Harriet's husband, best friend, and children betray her. These are not small betrayals; they are the sort that would cause any person to believe her entire life was a fraud.

Dec 07, 2016

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Oct 13, 2015

1_Great_Book thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 50 and 99


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