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Half a Life: A Memoir
by Darin Strauss

Published: 2011-05-31
Paperback : 224 pages
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In this powerful, unforgettable memoir, acclaimed novelist Darin Strauss examines the far-reaching consequences of the tragic moment that has shadowed his whole life. In his last month of high school, he was behind the wheel of his dad's Oldsmobile, driving with friends, heading off to ...

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In this powerful, unforgettable memoir, acclaimed novelist Darin Strauss examines the far-reaching consequences of the tragic moment that has shadowed his whole life. In his last month of high school, he was behind the wheel of his dad's Oldsmobile, driving with friends, heading off to play mini-golf. Then: a classmate swerved in front of his car. The collision resulted in her death. With piercing insight and stark prose, Darin Strauss leads us on a deeply personal, immediate, and emotional journey—graduating high school, going away to college, starting his writing career, falling in love with his future wife, becoming a father. Along the way, he takes a hard look at loss and guilt, maturity and accountability, hope and, at last, acceptance. The result is a staggering, uplifting tour de force.

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Parents in the group can relate the maturity levels of their own children and any experiences that they, or friends, have had that are similar.
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  "Half a Life"by aluba (see profile) 08/23/12

A sincere human account about living after being part of a tragic death. The author explores the pain and feelings of guilt that filled his mind. He talks about how his life was shaped by this event.... (read more)

 
  "Sad, but insightful"by nanascurse (see profile) 08/05/11

"Half a Life" tells the confusion and guilt associated with causing someone's death. Strauss expertly reveals his personal story and how his life and personality have been affected. Especially touching... (read more)

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