*** This Is Your Life, Harriett Chance by Jonathan Evison


This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! is a rollicking good telling of a woman’s life, jumping happily from the present all the way to her birth, 78 years ago, and ambitiously told in the second person singular. It works. What also works is the ghost of her husband, who is regularly scolded by the powers-that-be up in heaven for wandering down below.

And under all the fun is a rather tragic life of betrayals, making-do, heartbreak, with all the little details of behaviors and relationships captured just so. The story is a lot deeper than it appears.

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