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HALF A HEART

Brown, Rosellen.

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ISBN 10: 0374299870 / ISBN 13: 9780374299873
Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux., NY:, 2000
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Title: HALF A HEART

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux., NY:

Publication Date: 2000

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st edition

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An unforgettable novel about race and motherhood from the bestselling author of Before and After.

Once a Civil Rights activist, Miriam Vener feels trapped in the comfortable upper-middle-class life she leads with her family in Houston in the 1980s. That life suddenly shatters with the appearance, after almost eighteen years, of Veronica (Ronnee), Miriam's biracial daughter born of her passionate affair a generation ago with Eljay, a brilliant black professor at a Mississippi college, who has raised the child. When Miriam introduces her daughter to the utterly white New England town where she summers, and to the Houston society that represents her own compromise of her '60s ideals, the results are complicated. What claim does Miriam have on Ronnee after all this time, and what does Ronnee, no longer a child, want of her mother now? As Miriam desperately and awkwardly invites affection from this stranger who shares her blood, Ronnee--hot-tempered, sensitive, manipulative, and deeply hurt--wrestles with her fury at her mother's mysterious disappearance from her life and searches for reparations. With which family--and which race--does Ronnee identify, and how does that affect her relationships with her newly discovered half sister, her white boyfriend, and the father she is rebelling against? A moving story about estrangement and intimacy, race and privilege, identity and belonging, Half a Heart is a searingly honest novel of public and private ideals betrayed and hopes reignited, in which one of our foremost novelists probes the way history and unyielding love shape our lives.

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Rosellen Brown is the author of the New York Times bestseller Before and After (FSG, 1992) and three other novels, The Autobiography of My Mother, Tender Mercies, and Civil Wars; a collection of stories, Street Games; and three collections of poetry, Deaths in the Delta, Cora Fry, and Cora Fry's Pillow Book (FSG, 1994). She lives in Chicago.

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