The Regulator welcomes author Heather Harpham in conversation with Bobbie, the Duke pediatric nurse featured in Harpham's new memoir, Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After. Durham and Duke Children’s Hospital figure prominently in this shirt-grabbing, page-turning love story that follows a one-of-a-kind family through twists of fate that require nearly unimaginable choices.
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 family―its 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
Heather Harpham has written six solo plays, including Happiness and Burning which toured nationally. Her fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in MORE Magazine and Water~Stone Review. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and SUNY Purchase and lives along the Hudson River with her family.