This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance

  • by Jonathan Evison
  • Narrated by Susan Boyce
  • 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With her husband Bernard two years in the grave, seventy-nine-year-old Harriet Chance sets sail on an ill-conceived Alaskan cruise only to discover through a series of revelations that she's been living the past sixty years of her life under entirely false pretenses. There, amid the buffets and lounge singers, between the imagined appearance 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.
Jonathan Evison - bestselling author of West of Here, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, and All About Lulu - has crafted a bighearted novel with a supremely endearing heroine at its center. Through Harriet, he paints a bittersweet portrait of a postmodern everywoman 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, forgiveness, and, ultimately, healing. It is sure to appeal to admirers of Evison's previous work, as well as fans of such writers as Meg Wolitzer, Junot Diaz, and Karen Joy.

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What the Critics Say

"Evison is a ridiculously gifted storyteller…[This is] 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
"Has all the wonderful snap and sizzle we've come to expect from Jonathan Evison's work, and as much heart as any novel I've read in recent years. [He] packs an entire life - many lives - into this fine book, and does so with the empathy and insight of a writer at the top of his game." (Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk)
"Susan Boyce's voice for the elderly Harriet is spot-on; she provides the careful, precise diction of a person who has lived her life weighing her words to protect her secrets." (AudioFile)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Absolutely and completely.

I don't want to give away anything here. The widow discovers her husband had a secret. The mother and daughter have a difficult relationship. There you go.
This is a really great, fun book, and the best part, for me, is discovering a male author who can so completely inhabit the hearts and minds of women. He does an astonishing job! I want to meet Jonathan Evison and marry him. After I divorce the husband I have now.
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- joyce

Almost perfect

Really enjoyed this book and narration. One little thing...the narrator pronounces Harriet's town incorrectly. Sequim is pronounced like Squim, not "Seaquim". I think it's important to say this correctly.
Otherwise, wonderful!
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- Jacqueline M Cooper

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-08-2015
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books