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Catalog Archive / Spring 2020

Half

Half is a bright and inventive novel like no other. I was swept away, mesmerized, pulled into the conspiracy that is twindom, with its exquisite sweetness and cruelty. The mystery that propels the story forward artfully reflects the mystery of twindom itself.”
—Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of American Salvage

Growing up, identical twins Paula and Artis speak in one voice—until they can't. After years apart, with lives, partners, and children of their own, they are reunited on the occasion of their father's funeral. Seeking to repair the damage wrought upon their relationship by outside forces, the twins retrace their early lives to uncover what happened—but risk unraveling their carefully constructed cocoons.

Written in spare, lyrical prose, Half is an achingly beautiful story of intimacy and loss, revealing the complexity—and cost—of sharing your life entirely with someone else. Sharon Harrigan deftly explores how fierce love can also be the very thing that leads to heartbreak and betrayal.

 

Author photo of Sharon Harrigan. Sharon Harrigan teaches at WriterHouse, a nonprofit literary center in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is the author of Playing with Dynamite: A Memoir. Her work has appeared in the New York Times (Modern Love), Narrative, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere.

https://www.sharonharrigan.net

 

Praise

“I loved this novel. I couldn't put it down. In its (nearly) collective narration by sisters, Half reminds me of Jeffrey Eugenides's The Virgin Suicides, but the story is dazzling, startling, and fresh. Half proves irresistible page after lyrical page.”
—Jesse Lee Kercheval, author of Underground Women

“Innovative and inventive, this novel does the impossible. It makes us believe two people can be so close they are virtually the same person. Harrigan's magic trick is so convincing that when the twins lose their bond, we feel ourselves broken in half too.”
—Bret Anthony Johnston, author of Remember Me Like This

“At turns remarkably lovely and frighteningly odd, Half is as sweet as it is creepy and strange. The story is told from the plural perspective of twins, reminiscent of Justin Torres's We the Animals, with tension so organically built in that the very nature of the story, the style in which it's told, lends itself to a troubling dynamic, like the twins themselves. Twice the threat at every turn, Half is lyrical, imaginative, and smart. A little novel pulling off a very big feat.”
—Deborah Reed, author of Things We Set on Fire

 

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Half: cover art of a close up photo of two women, their faces pressed together. The image is cut so that only one half of each face is visible. Where the faces meet, the title, Half, is written sideways, in large, white font, contrasting from the orange hue of the picture.

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JUNE 2020
LC: 2019050460 PS
280 pp. 5.5 x 8.5

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Paper $17.95
ISBN 978-0-299-32854-2
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