“A heartfelt exploration of mortality and life, this memoir also explores the complex pulls and pushes of human relationships, and the deep debt we owe to family, friends, and modern medicine. At heart, it is a sobering mediation on the lasting impermanence of its titular emotion, happiness.”  —

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“[HAPPINESS] is filled with both pain and beauty, and [Harpham] shares a clear-eyed view of messy relationships and the journey toward something resembles joy…[A] powerful memoir.”BookPage

“Absorbing….A beautifully written, insightful tale.”Good Housekeeping

Heather Harpham’s moving memoir, [HAPPINESS] is a page-turner.” —Redbook

“HAPPINESS is an incredibly moving account of survival and love that will inspire readers to hold on tight to what’s truly important.” Booklist

“There are so many kinds of love stories, and Heather Harpham’s affecting new memoir, HAPPINESS, tells two: Her maternal love for her daughter born with a chronic, debilitating blood disease; and her romantic, scattershot, passionate love for the man who fathered the girl—but didn’t want to be a father…. Here, and at times achingly painful, ultimately feel-good book for those who cringe at mawkish sentimentality.”Elle, Best Books of 2017

“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 simi-ever after… Within the first few pages of HAPPINESS, Harpham immediately grabs for the heart, juxtaposing the roller-coaster reality of caring for a critically ill new born alongside her exhilarating, romantic courtship with Brian.”Shelf Awareness

“[Harpham] describes with warmth, fearless honesty, and humor the harrowing saga of what happened after she gave birth…[She] has written a heartfelt exploration of familial bonds and the sometimes incredibly bumpy journey one must take to get to contentment.” Publishers Weekly

HAPPINESS is a fast read, a compelling story about life and death, illness and health, and, above all, family.” —Star Tribune

“Recently, memoirs by such dazzling writers as Ann Patchett and Dani Shapiro have explored and illuminated happiness: what it means, how we find it, and how hard won it can sometimes be. Now add Heather Harpham and HAPPINESSThe Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After to this stellar company. With intelligence and lyricism and compassion, Harpham gives us her story of the rocky road that sometimes leads right where you want it to. “—Ann Hood, bestselling author of The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, and Comfort: A Journey Through Grief

“At first glance, HAPPINESS is a wry, honest, captivating story about parenting a sick child and that would be enough. But it turns out that Harpham is up to something even more interesting here, exploring the complexities of love. Told with abundant charm and insight, this book is a beautifully drawn portrait of one familyits comforts, disappointments and, on the very best days, moments of grace.”—Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, bestselling author of The Nest

“An extraordinary and bewitching book, HAPPINESS has staked a claim among the most beautiful and moving portraits of parenthood and partnership.”—Susan Cheever, bestselling author of Treetops: A Memoir, and Home before Dark


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