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Half a Life
A Memoir
Written by Darin Strauss

Half a Life
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Category: Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs; Biography & Autobiography - Literary; Family & Relationships - Death, Grief, Bereavement
Imprint: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: May 2011
Price: $13.00
Can. Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8253-4 (0-8129-8253-3)
Pages: 224
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.



 
Winner, National Book Critics Circle Award (Autobiography)

Selected for 2011-2012 Honors Lecture of the Year at Arkansas State University (Jonesboro, AR)
Selected to address The Berkeley Carroll School (Brooklyn, NY)
Selected for common reading at College of Coastal Georgia (Brunswick, GA)
Selected as the 2012 Lambert Fellow at The Deerfield Academy (Deerfield, MA)
Selected for common reading at Florida Gulf Coast University (Fort Myers, FL)
Selected for summer reading at Joliet Township High School (Joliet, IL)

Selected for common reading at Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI)
Selected for the Visiting Writers Series at Virginia Commonwealth (Richmond, VA)
Selected for One Book, One Community at Waterford Kettering High (Waterford, MI)


In this powerful, unforgettable memoir, acclaimed novelist Darin Strauss recounts a tragedy and its aftermath. In the last month of his high school career, just after turning eighteen, Strauss is behind the wheel of his father’s Oldsmobile, driving with friends, having “thoughts of mini-golf, another thought of maybe just going to the beach.” Then out of the blue: a collision that results in the death of a bicycling classmate and that shadows the rest of his life. In haunting, penetrating prose, Darin Strauss explores loss and guilt, maturity and accountability, hope and acceptance. The result is a staggering, uplifting tour de force.

“Elegant, painful, stunningly honest . . . huge [and] heartbreaking.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Darin Strauss has spent a good part of his adult life reliving, regretting and reflecting on a single, split-second incident. Half a Life is a starkly honest account of that fateful moment and his life thereafter . . . penetrating, thought-provoking.” —The Washington Post

“A book that inspires admiration, sentence by sentence . . . This is a memoir in its finest form, a fully imagined and bittersweet book.”—Chicago Tribune

“Painfully raw and beautifully written.”—Los Angeles Times

“A remarkable, beyond-brave memoir . . . Strauss pinpoints truths that most of us would find indescribable, and ultimately arrives at an insight as profound as it is impossible to accept.”—O: The Oprah Magazine

“Lyrical and haunting.”—San Francisco Chronicle



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Darin Strauss is the bestselling author of three previous books. The recipient of a Guggenheim in fiction writing and numerous other awards, Strauss has seen his work translated into fourteen languages and published in more than twenty countries. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Writing at New York University, and he lives with his wife and children in Brooklyn.

“Darin Strauss spent several days at Arkansas State University as part of our Honors Lecture of the Year.  Darin is unique in that he is able to connect with a larger audience and is also great one-on-one.  He bonded with students on a personal level and really became a part of our Honors family during the time he was here.  Darin’s message resonated with our students and we would highly recommend him to other institutions.” -Rebecca Oliver, Director of the Honors College, Arkansas State University





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