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Happiness : the crooked little road to semi-ever after : a memoir

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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250131577
  • ISBN: 1250131561
  • ISBN: 9781250131560
  • Physical Description: 305 pages ; 25 cm
    print
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2017.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: Happiness begins with a charming courtship between hopelessly attracted opposites: Heather, a world-roaming California girl, and Brian, an intellectual, homebody writer, kind and slyly funny, but loath to leave his Upper West Side studio. Their magical interlude ends, full stop, when Heather becomes pregnant, Brian is sure he loves her, only he doesn't want kids. Heather returns to California to deliver their daughter alone, buoyed by family and friends. Mere hours after Gracie's arrival, Heather's bliss is interrupted when a nurse wakes her, "Get dressed, your baby is in trouble." This is not how Heather had imagined new motherhood, alone, heartsick, an unexpectedly solo caretaker of a baby who smelled "like sliced apples and salted pretzels" but might be perilously ill. Brian reappears as Gracie's condition grows dire; together Heather and Brian have to decide what they are willing to risk to ensure their girl sees adulthood. The grace and humor that ripple through Harpham's writing transform the dross of heartbreak and parental fears into a clear-eyed, warm-hearted view of the world. Profoundly moving and subtly written, Happiness radiates in many directions, new, romantic love; gratitude for a beautiful, inscrutable world; deep, abiding friendship; the passion a parent has for a child; and the many unlikely ways to build a family. Ultimately it's a story about love and happiness, in their many crooked configurations.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2017 August #1
    Harpham's path to Happiness wasn't what she expected. A surprise pregnancy suddenly ends her long-term relationship and sends her reeling back home to be surrounded by family and friends. The birth of her daughter, Gracie, transforms Harpham, and she attempts to embrace a cozy, single-motherhood existence. But adversity continues, as Gracie is seriously ill, requiring blood transfusions and eventually a bone-marrow transplant. Harpham recounts this tumultuous journey with patience and charm: her reconciliation with Gracie's father, the birth of her son, moving cross-country, leaving and making friends, witnessing the deaths of other sick children, and watching her daughter suffer and survive. Through it all, Harpham's vibrant persona is clear, describing even the toughest moments with humor, detail, and grace. What begins as a tale of motherhood becomes so much more. Harpham's memoir artfully captures her relationships and the complexities of being wife, mother, daughter, and friend. Happiness is an incredibly moving account of survival and love that will inspire readers to hold on tight to what's truly important. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Heather Harpham has written six solo plays, including Happiness and BURNING which toured nationally. Her fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in MORE Magazine and Water~Stone Review. Harpham is the recipient of the Brenda Ueland Prose Prize, a Marin Arts Council Independent Artist Grant and a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and SUNY Purchase and lives along the Hudson River with her family.

Subject: Harpham, Heather Elise 1967- Health
Newborn infants Diseases United States Biography
Blood diseases in pregnancy United States
Blood Transfusion
Parent and child Biography
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
Genre: Autobiographies.
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