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Half a Heart

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Half a Heart by Brown, Rosellen, 9780312278304
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  • ISBN: 9780312278304 | 0312278306
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 5/18/2001
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Miriam Vener feels trapped in the comfortable white middle-class life she leads with her family in Houston in the 1980s. That life suddenly shatters with the appearance, after almost eighteen years, of Veronica (Ronnee), her biracial daughter born in Mississippi in the sixties when Miriam was a civil rights activist. Rosellen Brown charts the emotionally fraught terrain of the mother and daughter's reunion and Ronnee's divided sense of self and loyalty. With which family, and which race, does she identify? A searingly honest novel of public and private ideals betrayed, Half a Heart is a deeply moving story about estrangement and intimacy, race and privilege, identity and belonging.AUTHORBIO: Rosellen Brown is the author of the New York Times bestseller Before and After and three other novels, The Autobiography of My Mother, Tender Mercies, and Civil Wars; a collection of stories, Street Games, and three collections of poetry, Some Deaths in the Delta, Cory Fry, and Cora Fry's Pillow Book. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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