This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!
“A terrific novel, funny and moving, wistful and wise. Jonathan Evison’s writing crackles on the page.” ―Jess Walter, bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins
Recently widowed Harriet Chance is shocked to learn that her late husband had planned a surprise Alaskan cruise before his death. Not someone who has ever been particularly adventurous, Harriet sets sail anyway, only to discover through a series of revelations that all is not as she thought it was. Amidst the endless buffets and tacky lounge singers, between the imagined appearance of her late husband and the very real arrival of her estranged daughter, Harriet is compelled to take a long look back, confronting the truth about her past with heart, humour and some ill-advised honesty.
New York Times¬–bestselling author Jonathan Evison has crafted a big-hearted novel with a supremely endearing heroine at its centre. Through Harriet, he paints a bittersweet portrait of an unforgettable woman with great warmth, wit and humanity. Part dysfunctional love story, part exploration of family relationships and part coming of old age, This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! is an utterly charming book about what it really means to begin again.