Half the Way Home

A Memoir of Father and Son
Product Number: EB00031343
Released: Jan 07, 2005
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780547561561
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A New York Times Notable Book: "An extraordinarily moving portrait of the complexities and confusions of familial love" (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times). From the author of King Leopold's Ghost, Half the Way Home is a compelling memoir about a complicated father-son relationship. Adam Hochschild never used the words "Dad" or "Daddy," just "Father." The only son of Harold Hochschild—the head of a multinational mining corporation—Adam always felt as though his father remained purposefully at a distance—a demanding, immovable pillar to be respected and sometimes feared. Here, in lyrical prose, Hochschild recounts his privileged upbringing at his family's estate in the Adirondacks, his coming-of-age in the tumultuous 1960s, and his enduringly conflicted relationship with his father. But as a boy grows into a man, times change and perspectives shift, and a chance for reconciliation emerges from the space between. Hailed by Studs Terkel as "an exquisite memoir of a boy growing up," Half the Way Home is ultimately the story of a father and his son, and the unexpected peace finally made between them. "It is a primer on the upper class and on class itself, a series of meditations on the burden of wealth to the liberal consciousness and even a commentary on what it means to be a Jew in America. . . . This is a fine and moving book" (People).

Author(s): Adam Hochschild
Original Publish Date: Jan 07, 2005

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