This is your life, Harriet Chance! : a novel / Jonathan Evison.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: 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.
    • ISBN:
      9781616202613
      1616202610
    • Accession Number:
      2015004221
    • Accession Number:
      ocn898925504
      898925504
    • Accession Number:
      fay.464283
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      EVISON, J. This is your life, Harriet Chance! : a novel. [s.l.] : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 20 set. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Evison J. This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! : A Novel. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; 2015. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.464283. Accessed September 20, 2019.
    • APA:
      Evison, J. (2015). This is your life, Harriet Chance! : a novel. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.464283
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Evison, Jonathan. 2015. This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! : A Novel. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.464283.
    • Harvard:
      Evison, J. (2015) This is your life, Harriet Chance! : a novel. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.464283 (Accessed: 20 September 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Evison, J 2015, This is your life, Harriet Chance! : a novel, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, viewed 20 September 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Evison, Jonathan. This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! : A Novel. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.464283.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Evison, Jonathan. This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! : A Novel. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.464283.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Evison J. This is your life, Harriet Chance! : a novel [Internet]. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; 2015 [cited 2019 Sep 20]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.464283

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2015 July #1

With a tip of the hat to the 1950s game show This Is Your Life, Evison's droll portrait of 78-year-old Harriet Chance homes in on key incidents in the widow's life. As Harriet sets off on an Alaskan cruise, she is visited by the ghost of her dead husband, Bernard (their conversations are a comedic highlight), who held some dark secrets that, once revealed, inspire Harriet to seriously reevaluate her life. It turns out that she has some secrets of her own, which seriously impacted her relationship with her children, especially her deeply depressed daughter, who is still struggling with addiction and who unexpectedly shows up on the boat midway through the cruise. Whether describing Harriet's epic battle with a crab-leg dinner after imbibing too much wine or her tentative attempts to reach rapprochement with her daughter, Evison always depicts her with a great deal of compassion and a keen eye for the humorous detail. Both uplifting and melancholy, funny and thought-provoking, this entertaining read speaks directly to the importance of acceptance and healing. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2015 May #1

Evison has done nicely with multiple best-book honoree All About Lulu, as well as two Pacific Northwest Booksellers award winners: the New York Times best-selling West of Here and The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, now in film production. So smart readers will want to take this Alaskan cruise he's booked for widowed 79-year-old Harriet Chance, who suddenly realizes that her whole life has been based on a lie.

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PW Reviews 2015 July #4

Harriet Chance, a 78-year-old Seattle native, gets an unexpected phone call informing her that her husband, Bernard, now dead, had won a trip on an Alaskan cruise at a charity auction and failed to pick up his winnings. With the voucher set to expire, Harriet decides to go out of her comfort zone and bring a friend on the trip. The trip causes Harriet to question everything she thought she knew about her past and her relationships. Evison (The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving) chooses a second-person narrative to delve into the mind-set of Harriet, a woman who seems estranged from not only her close family (including favored but distant son Skip and her troubled recovering addict daughter Caroline) but from herself. The time line skips back in forth: from her wedding day at 22 as a pregnant bride, to her attempts to cast off her domestic duties and reenter the work force ("Look at you, Harriet Chance, so diligent, so fastidious in your attention to detail!"). Evison's voice is buoyant and cheeky as he unveils the deep traumas that form Harriet's sense of herself, but there are missteps—namely, a secondary narrative in which Bernard Chance risks being barred from a sketchily described afterlife to try to communicate with Harriet. Still, Evison succeeds in crafting a believable and gut-wrenching story, particularly Harriet's relationship with her daughter and their efforts to accept and love one another. Agent: Mollie Glick, Foundry Literary + Media. (Sept.)

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