Half the Kingdom

A Novel
Product Number: EB00183959
Released: Jan 17, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781612193038
Publisher: Melville House
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New York Times Notable Book 2013 "No one writes like Segal - her glittering intelligence, her piercing wit, and her dazzling insights into manners and mores, are a profound pleasure. From first to last I loved this wise and irreverent novel." -Margot Livesey "I always feel in her work such a sense of toughness and humor. Her writing is sad and funny, and that makes it more of both." -Jennifer Egan "Lore Segal is a marvelous and fearless writer. No subject is too hard, too absurd, or too painful for her wise, peculiar and brilliant fiction." -Lily Tuck The renowned New Yorker writer and Pulitzer Prize finalist Lore Segal-whom The New York Times declared "closer than anyone to writing the Great American Novel"-delivers a hilarious, poignant and profoundly moving tale of living, loving and aging in America today At Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, doctors have noticed a marked uptick in Alzheimer's patients. People who seemed perfectly lucid just a day earlier suddenly show signs of advanced dementia. Is it just normal aging, or an epidemic? Is it a coincidence, or a secret terrorist plot? In the looking-glass world of Half the Kingdom-where terrorist paranoia and end-of-the-world hysteria mask deeper fears of mortality; where parents' and their grown children's feelings vacillate between frustration and tenderness; and where the broken medical system leads one character to quip, "Kafka wrote slice-of-life fiction"-all is familiar and yet slightly askew. Lore Segal masterfully interweaves her characters' lives-lives that, for good or for ill, all converge in Cedar's ER-into a funny, tragic, and tender portrait of how we live today.

Author(s): Lore Segal
Original Publish Date: Oct 01, 2013

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