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

Author: Heather Elise Harpham
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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
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Genre/Form: Personal Narrative
Nonfiction
Autobiographies
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Heather Elise Harpham
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Heather Elise Harpham
ISBN: 9781250131560 1250131561
OCLC Number: 969438753
Description: 305 pages ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Heather Harpham.

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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.

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 her: "Get dressed, your baby is in trouble." Brian reappears as Gracie's condition grows dire; together they have to decide what they are willing to risk to ensure their girl sees adulthood. Harpham writes about heartbreak and parental fears, the passion a parent has for a child, and the many unlikely ways to build a family.

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