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Heather Harpham

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Heather Harpham is an American writer and theater performer, born and raised in northern California, who lives and works in New York. Her fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in MORE Magazine, Water-Stone Review and the Gallatin Review. Her writing for the stage includes six solo plays; the two most recent, Happiness and BURNING, have been presented throughout the US. Harpham's work has been recognized with a Brenda Ueland Prose Prize, an Independent Artist Grant from the Marin Arts Council, and a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women. She currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and SUNY Purchase. Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After is her first book.

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4.16 avg rating — 7,326 ratings — published 2017 — 11 editions
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Happiness by Heather Harpham
"Honest, intelligent writing. It’s the authors story of becoming a mother, unwed and confused about the future of her relationship with the father, only to be told hours after the baby’s birth that she has a life threatening blood disease. This is..." Read more of this review »
Happiness by Heather Harpham
"It's been a very long time since I stayed up all night to read a book - but this "memoir" did it for me. Amelia-Grace and her awesome family will be in my mind for a long time. If, by any chance, author Heather Harpham reads this, please know I se..." Read more of this review »
Happiness by Heather Harpham
"Get your tissue box ready! This memoir is a love story between Heather and Brian, set against the backdrop of their daughter, Gracie’s illness. After a romantic courtship, Heather and Brian, total opposites, fall in love during a beautiful New Yor..." Read more of this review »
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Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
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Gorgeous, strange, funny and entirely humane vision of life on earth through eyes of ghosts. I loved every line of this book. Saunders is so inventive, and so universal in his vision of who/how we are; it's breathtaking.
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Gorgeous, strange, funny and entirely humane vision of life on earth through eyes of ghosts. I loved every line of this book. Saunders is so inventive, and so universal in his vision of who/how we are; it's breathtaking.
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“I hope what she hears are directions for happiness; the happiness blueprint. But I don’t think there is one. We find happiness, if we find it at all, on accident. We trip over it on our own way somewhere else. It’s woven out of the oddest circumstances.”
Heather Harpham, Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After

“We act out of a Molotov cocktail of conscuious and unconscious desires. And also, we just do stuff.”
Heather Harpham, Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After

“everything. If you are lucky, you meet four or five people in a lifetime who you’re totally comfortable with. Comfortable in a way that causes your best self to surge forward. With them, rowing through life’s quotidian mess is an adventure. I thought of my mom and me, twenty years earlier, cracking up as the Corolla filled with water.”
Heather Harpham, Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After




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