The Crooked Little Road to Semi-ever After : A Memoir

Book - 2017 | First edition
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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.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250131560 (hardcover)
1250131561 (hardcover)
(electronic book)
Branch Call Number: 362.198361 HAR
Characteristics: 305 pages ; 25 cm


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Jul 11, 2019

I enjoyed reading this memoir. Watching one's child endure a blood disease would be heartbreaking, but this family does it with grace and humor. A reminder to not sweat the small stuff when others don't have good health to take for granted, especially a child.

Jun 25, 2019

Got to chapter 14, but did not finish yet!

Apr 25, 2018

A beautifully written memoir. Heather Harpham is a truly gifted writer and she brings such life and vividness to her writing. Her story is amazing and encompasses love, family, tragedy and survival.


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