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With Bernard, her husband of fifty-five years, now in the grave, seventy-eight-year-old Harriet Chance impulsively sets sail alone on an Alaskan cruise that her late husband had planned. But what Harriet hoped would be a voyage leading to a new lease on life becomes a wildly surprising and revelatory journey into her past.

Jonathan Evison has crafted a bighearted novel with an endearing heroine at the helm. Part dysfunctional love story, part poignant exploration of mother-daughter relationships, nothing is what it seems in this bittersweet tale, told with humor and humanity.

“Evison’s writing crackles on the page… A terrific novel, funny and moving, wistful and wise.” —Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins

“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

“Infused with Evison’s characteristic empathy and heart and humor . . . He’s got a talent for character, emotion and pacing.” —Los Angeles Times

“Open-hearted, effervescent.” —The Washington Post

“Wildly entertaining.” —The Seattle Times

This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! is a pleasurable mix of the crazy escapades, changing relationships and thoughtful reflections that make up a life.” —The Toronto Star

“Slowly, and with admirable, dark precision, Evison lays Harriet bare . . . And with Harriet Chance–poor, frustrated, flummoxed Harriet–Evison has found his ideal foil.” —

“It’s hard to imagine the reader who won’t be moved by this lively, lovely work.” —The Denver Post


“Intricately structured… Evison resists every neat resolution, every unearned epiphany. And as fanciful as his prose can be…he’s not afraid to depict the dark side of aging as it is, and not as we wish it were…. The result is a book that speaks to all of us, whether we’re young enough to check Facebook 50 times a day, or old enough only to have a vague idea what the Internet is. The themes Evison presents – disappointment, delusion, redemption – are universal, and he deals with them beautifully in this wonderful novel. This is your life, Harriet Chance, but it’s ours, too.”—New York Times Book Review

“Slowly, and with admirable, dark precision, Evison lays Harriet bare. The lies, the dodges, the secrets and frustrated desires. This is where the voice serves him. With a touch of snark and a lashing of perfectly affected irony, he flenses her to the bone and, somehow, seems kind in doing it. Comforting, even...And with Harriet Chance — poor, frustrated, flummoxed Harriet — Evison has found his ideal foil.”—NPR Books

“Jonathan Evison charms with This is Your Life, Harriet Chance!”—Vanity Fair

“Bittersweet but buoyant, with a heart-tugging finish.”—Good Housekeeping

“Evison’s rollicking novel is a close-up up of the life of 78-year-old Harriet Chance, whose Alaskan cruise highlights include indulging in endless seafood buffets, acquiring touristy tribal knickknackery, and discovering the secret of her deceased husband’s decades-long affair with her best friend.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

“Open-hearted, effervescent.” —The Washington Post

Meet the author

Jonathan Evison lives on an island on the coast of Washington State. He is the New York Times bestselling Author of three award winning novels: All About Lulu, West of Here, and The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, soon to be a major motion picture. Sherman Alexie has called Evison “the most honest white man alive.” He has written for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Salon, and National Public Radio. His fourth novel, This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!, was released in September 2015.