A shirt-grabbing, page-turning love story that follows a one-of-a-kind family through twists of fate that require nearly unimaginable choices.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....
|Title||:||Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After|
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Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After Reviews
What a beautiful book! Heather Harpham's first child, Gracie, was born with a life-threatening blood disease. To keep her alive, every few weeks she must return to the hospital for a transfusion. It is so much a way of life for Gracie that she believes it is something that everyone has to do when they are young. But then they learn that a bone marrow transplant can rid her of the disease. The only problem is that the cure is also life-threatening. At its core, the story is about relationships an ...more
This is a moving, literary memoir about love. The author (quite by accident?) becomes pregnant by her partner, a NY writer of fame. However, a baby doesn't fit into his life plan, especially when it's discovered that the baby has a life threatening illness. But love and sickness has a funny way of making oneself examine what we truly want, whether we know it or not. Eloquently written, and full of self examination that will encourage readers to look at their own choices. That she quotes Virginia ...more
I thought this memoir was good, not great, which is why I'm giving it a 3.5 but rounding up to 4 stars on Goodreads.
What Heather Harpham went through with her daughter's health trauma is something I wouldn't wish upon anybody. How horrific to have to live years and years of surviving day by day, hoping and praying that this day is not your child's last. That she doesn't come upon some unseen germ that will end her life. Just the tiniest things could change the path of her life and that is just ...more
This true story book was hard to put down. The story of Amelia Grace born with a blood disorder requiring frequent transfusions and possibly a bone marrow cure. The behind the scenes medical experience was sad and disturbing and fascinating at the same time. Did not enjoy the relationship flux of her parents as much as the hospital scenes.
I always say that it's hard to write a very good short story or a memoir that draws you in. Unfortunately I was not engaged at all while reading this. Instead I found myself getting bored and just rushing through chapters. Harpham's memoir doesn't cause me to feel a thing which is weird considering the subject matter (her newborn daughter is born with a fatal disease) but maybe that is due to her obsessing over the relationship with her ex, then boyfriend, and eventual husband.
I think the writin ...more
Harpham's ability to capture an audience's emotions takes center stage as a memoirist. Her deeply personal yet witty narrative style makes the reader feel instantly connected, as if Harpham is a close friend traveling a familiar "crooked little road to semi-ever after." Hers is a journey evoking a spectrum of emotions: hope, sadness, anger and, yes, happiness.
My full review appears in this issue of Shelf Awareness:
Onvan : Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After - Nevisande : Heather Harpham - ISBN : 1250131561 - ISBN13 : 9781250131560 - Dar 320 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017