Happiness: A Memoir – By Heather Harpham
Heather Harpham is a talented writer, and I like the way she tells everyday stories. In her book, Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After, she holds onto your feelings and carries you on her relentless and, gratefully, victorious journey. You can not help it but find yourself far too enthralled with every step to let her go.
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, A nurse wakes Heather’s saying, “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.
Ultimately it’s a story about love and happiness, in their many crooked configurations.HENRY HOLT
The most gripping book I have ever read
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.
This memoir is the story of a relationship, a birth, a serious illness, and a long medical battle. It is very hard not to empathize with the stress of having a sick child.
A parent’s worst nightmare – walking through the hell of medical uncertainty to bring your sick baby back to health – is told with poignancy, humor and clarity.
Our Take on the Book – Happiness: A Memoir
Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After is Wonderful! It is a fine reminder that there is more that unites us than divides us. Moreover, there is so much in this book that is so resonant. Parenting is parenting, and we never know what challenges will face us.
This beautifully written book is a glimpse of life – sometimes hard, sometimes beautiful, always real – lived by one woman, as spectacularly imperfect as any of us, and her family.
Surprisenly, you will find yourself laughing or crying, even when sitting in the middle of perplexed strangers.
I highly recommend this book! I enjoy reading this amazing book!