Half A Life

Half A Life

Book - 2010
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Half a life after he killed a girl riding her bike with his car as a teenager, the author delves into the meaning and consequences of that fateful day, and all the culpability, anguish, and regret that continue to penetrate his every thought.
Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. : McSweeney's, c2010.
ISBN: 9781934781708
1934781703
Characteristics: 205 p. ; 20 cm.

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modestgoddess
May 31, 2013

So well-written, and gives such insight into the overwhelming regret and remorse and guilt attendant on being the one to have killed someone - these emotions all being strong even though it was by an accident that simply could not have been avoided. Darin Strauss was completely exonerated of any wrong-doing, but, understandably, the accident coloured his life, and this memoir shows how. A real eye-opener.

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okbookgirl
Aug 10, 2011

This is a thoughtful and courageous memoir about how one quite random moment can haunt the rest of your life. Strauss' heart is wide-open here, and he also writes beautifully. Both sad and hopeful.

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jsg4607
Jan 06, 2011

This wasn't the in-depth memoir that I expected from Darin Strauss. I wanted to know how the incident central to the book propelled his writing career and especially if there was a connection (no pun intended) to his choice of the subject matter of "Chang and Eng" which I really enjoyed.

debwalker Dec 09, 2010

Imagine yourself a few weeks from your high school graduation, cruising down the road with a carload of your friends. Now imagine the almost inconceivable: a fellow student riding her bicycle swerves into the path of your car and is killed instantly. Novelist Strauss was the driver of that car in May 1988 and this memoir is the intense, searching account of the path he traveled from that grim day to the present.

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