This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!
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This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!

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`As sweet as it is inventive, profound as it is hilarious, unflinching as it is big-hearted.'
Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Harriet Chance has spent the last seventy-eight years following the rules...

Career girl (brief)
Wife (fifty-five years)
Mother of two (ongoing)

Now widowed, Harriet discovers that her late husband had been planning an Alaskan cruise. Ignoring the advice of her children and wanting to make the most of the opportunity, she decides to set sail.

There, amid the buffets and lounge singers, between the imagined appearances of Bernard and the very real arrival of her daughter, Harriet is forced to take a long look back, confronting the truth about pivotal events that changed the course of her life.

What she will discover is that she has lived the best part of her life under entirely false assumptions. Confronted with the notion that her past could have been different, will she take a second chance at life?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 19mm | 195g
  • Windmill Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099592673
  • 9780099592679
  • 536,757

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"A gifted raconteur with a wicked sense of humor and an unflagging empathy for humankind in all its sad, foible-filled magnificence."
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"As sweet as it is inventive, profound as it is hilarious, unflinching as it is big-hearted." * Maria Semple * "A terrific novel, funny and moving, wistful and wise. Evison's writing crackles on the page." * Jess Walter * "Evison is a ridiculously gifted storyteller ... an irresistible, inventive novel full of important ideas about how we live our lives as parents, children, partners, and human beings." * Jami Attenberg * "A gifted raconteur with a wicked sense of humor and an unflagging empathy for humankind in all its sad, foible-filled magnificence." * Patrick DeWitt * "Told through flashbacks, the novel is adeptly narrated by a third-person figure...This wistful story is a charming read about life, love and mother-daughter relationships!" * i (Independent) *
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About Jonathan Evison

Jonathan Evison is the author of four novels including the New York Times bestseller, West of Here. A film adaptation of his third novel, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, is in production starring Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez. He lives on an island in Western Washington.
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Rating details

6,387 ratings
3.39 out of 5 stars
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4 35% (2,221)
3 39% (2,516)
2 12% (748)
1 3% (190)
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