Half A Life: A Memoir by Darin StraussHalf A Life: A Memoir by Darin Strauss

Half A Life: A Memoir

byDarin Strauss

Paperback | May 31, 2011

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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.

Look for special features inside, including an interview with Colum McCann.

Darin Strauss is the bestselling author of three previous books. The recipient of a Guggenheim in fiction writing and numerous other awards, Strauss has seen his work translated into fourteen languages and published in more than twenty countries. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Writing at New York University, and he lives with ...
Title:Half A Life: A MemoirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 0.6 inPublished:May 31, 2011Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0812982533

ISBN - 13:9780812982534

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Retired Didn't care for the author's "creative writing" style. Thought the book was hard to read. Prefer more of a "straight shooter" style of writing.
Date published: 2013-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Raw, but not too gripping This was my non-fiction novel I read for class. I read the first fifty pages on a bus, and was quickly compelled to Strauss' raw voice. Of course, that was because Strauss was describing the details that lead to the scene of the accident and what immediately followed. After fifty pages, the memoir is not as gripping. But it was expected. This memoir was quite honest though, and it gives the reader a sense of what Strauss went through after killing a girl.
Date published: 2012-04-29

Editorial Reviews

“Elegant, painful, stunningly honest . . . huge [and] heartbreaking.”—The New York Times Book Review“Darin Strauss has spent a good part of his adult life reliving, regretting and reflecting on a single, split-second incident. Half a Life is a starkly honest account of that fateful moment and his life thereafter . . . penetrating, thought-provoking.”—The Washington Post“A book that inspires admiration, sentence by sentence . . . This is a memoir in its finest form, a fully imagined and bittersweet book that transcends a single misstep.”—Chicago Tribune“Painfully raw and beautifully written.”—Los Angeles Times“A remarkable, beyond-brave memoir.”—O: The Oprah Magazine “Lyrical and haunting.”—San Francisco Chronicle NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND THE PLAIN DEALER