Jean Harley Was Here A Novel By Heather Taylor Johnson
Jean Harley—wife, mother, lover, dancer—is a shining light in the lives of those who know and love her, full of boundless energy, compassion, and joy. When she's hit by a truck while riding her bicycle and the unthinkable happens, what becomes of the people she leaves behind? Her devoted husband, Stan, is now a single father to their four-year-old son, Orion, who doesn't understand why his mom won't come home. Jean's two best friends, Neddy and Viv, find their relationship unraveling without their third companion. Charley, the ex-con who caused the accident, struggles to reconcile his feelings of elation when the charges against him are dropped with his boundless guilt over knowing he has changed a family forever; while Jean's mother, Pearl, will regret the little girl who left. Gradually, life without Jean goes on, yet her indelible spirit remains.

Told from the alternating perspectives of these and other characters who grieve the same death in vastly different ways, Jean Harley Was Here is a moving, poetic novel about loss, memory, and the lives we touch.
TitleJean Harley Was Here
SubtitleA Novel
AuthorBy Heather Taylor Johnson
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintArcade Publishing
Published2 October 2018
Dimensions6.00 x 9.00in.

About the author

Heather Taylor-Johnson was born in the United States and has lived in Australia since 1999. She is the author of four volumes of verse and a previous novel not published here and edited the anthology Shaping the Fractured Self: Poetry of Chronic Illness and Pain. She also reviews poetry, fiction, and movies. She is Writer-in-Residence at the J. M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide, and lives in Adelaide with her husband, three children, and their dog.

Finalist for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction

"Heather Taylor Johnson has a poet's understanding of the world: her exploration of the way in which our lives intertwine—for better or for worse—is nuanced and poignant. A book to savor."—Hannah Kent, bestselling author of Burial Rights and The Good People.

"Warm and insightful."—Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap

“I loved the book. . . . It’s really beautifully done and extremely well-written.”—Jennifer Byrne, ABC First Tuesday Book Club

“Contemplative and hopeful.”—Good Reading

“It’s a clever novel which somehow manages to avoid being overly emotional despite the premise. This said, the story did make me laugh and cry, and reminded me of people I know.”—Readings Online

“I just couldn’t put it down. I was engrossed immediately and tearing up by page two; it felt so real. This is a moving portrayal of the power of love and of friendship and it’s wonderful.”—Readings e-News, “Books that Made Us Cry 2017“

“Taylor Johnson’s interweaving of her characters and management of chronology is particularly impressive.”—Sydney Morning Herald

“I loved this book and highly recommend it.”—The Big Book Club

“But Johnson has somehow created a character who is imagined, remembered and grieved-over through the intricate overlapping of her life with the lives of the people she connected with, and it is so beautiful that I fought back tears more than once.”—OddFeather

“A pleasure to read about the life of someone special to those who loved her.”—Australian Women’s Weekly

“It is filled with lilting language and a pulsing beat.”—Avid Reader Blog

“Taylor Johnson’s accomplished writing moves freely between the poetic and commercial, creating a compelling rhythm’ –Australian Book Review

“Full of heart and soul, this book is one of the year’s best.”—Readings, “The Best Fiction Books of 2017”

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