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The Half-Life of Home

Neal, Dale

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ISBN 10: 1934081418 / ISBN 13: 9781934081419
Published by Casperian Books LLC, 2013
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Title: The Half-Life of Home

Publisher: Casperian Books LLC

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Collectible: Very Good

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 "The Half-Life of Home" delves into the hard choice between saving your family or losing your land. Real estate appraiser Royce Wilder is struggling to rekindle his marriage and his relationship with his estranged teenage son. He is thinking about selling the family farm -- no easy choice for a man who collects antiques because he can't forget the past haunted by a crazy woman neighbor.  But radioactive gas seeps from his birthplace, driving down prices and raising the stakes. Royce must unearth long-buried family secrets in an Appalachian community under threat in an always changing world.

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       For me, this book began with an old-time radio, a Sears & Roebuck Silvertone that belonged to my grandfather. It never worked in my lifetime, but twiddling its useless dial as a boy, I believed I could hear stories emitting from the ether. I've always been fascinated by the past, those photo albums filled with rank strangers who your family members insist are related to you. Who were they? How did they live? Did they think like you do? The book is about digging into family secrets, not knowing what you might discover. That same radio shows up early in the novel, catching Royce Wilder's eye, as a way to connect with his father and his own childhood.       Mountaineers have been forced off their land since the Cherokees were herded along the Trail of Tears. Homesteaders were forced out by the fed- eral government in the 1930s to make way for hydroelectric dams. After the war, they left their farms to find jobs in Piedmont cotton mills or car factories up north. As a cub reporter in the '80s, I covered hearings where federal bureaucrats earnestly debated turning remote mountain coves into a national nuclear repository. That image haunted me: what if radioactivity leaking out of these ancient mountains forced people off their land?        What Royce discovers: You always have to choose the future over the past. Like Royce's mother, Ruth, says, "the past is junk." The world as we know it is always ending. Without change, without choice, there is no drama, no novel. But writing out of those memories, creating people who live and breathe on the page is a way to hold clearly to that past.

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