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    Very real, and deeply flawed set of characters

    Let me just start my review by thanking Netgalley and Algonquin books for letting me read this novel. I have never read a novel this far from its release date before; the experience gave me quite a (nerdy) thrill. This is your life, Harriet Chance was an intriguing read, albeit a difficult one to review. Since I have mixed feelings, I figured the best way to go about it was to break it down into lists: What I liked and What I didn't. What I liked: - It may seem silly, but I really loved the cover of this book. The design of it really drew me to the book. It is a simple, but attractive cover - sometimes minimalist is the best way to go. - The characters; Evison has created a very real, and deeply flawed set of characters. The reader cannot help but feel something for them - whether it be feeling sorrow, anger, frustration, etc. - The themes: accepting things you can't change, forgiveness, healing What I didn't like: - The constant shifting from 2nd person, to 1st person, narration throughout the chapters was disorienting. On top of this, the story was further set astray by the illogical sequence of Harriet's flashback chapters; it was as if this novel contained two stories rather than one. Eventually, however, the reader does get used to it. - I found Harriet's children to be very smothering, I felt as if they concluded that Harriet was old; therefore she was incapable of doing things herself. This is your life, Harriet Chance is a book about Mother, Daughters, making amends, starting over, and accepting things that cannot be changed. Bottom line: If you had asked me midway through "What would you rate this book?" I would have said a three. But at its conclusion, I will give this book a 4 - I think "This is your life, Harriet Chance" is a heartfelt and emotional book. Even though I acknowledged the constantly shifting narration; once I got farther into the story, I found myself getting used to the style. Sidenote: I imagine this is a book that will be a hit with bookclubs (particularly mother/daughter bookclubs). I think "This is your life, Harriet Chance" lends itself to being Analyzed and discussed. I look forward to seeing more reviews once it is released. I will be sure to check out more books by Evison in future.
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    This is Your Life...

    A quick good read about life in general. Well written with good character development. How a searingly ordinary life can be anything but.

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