Half a Heart
A moving story about estrangement and intimacy, race and privilege, identity and belonging from the bestselling author of Before and After
Miriam Vener feels trapped in the comfortable white middle-class life she leads with her family in Houston during 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. Hot tempered, sensitive, manipulative and deeply hurt at her mother's disappearance from her life, Ronnee has been raised by her father, a formerly brilliant college professor who forbade her to see her white mother. Half a Heart 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? How does all this affect her relationships with her newly discovered half-sister, her white boyfriend, and the father she is rebelling against? Half a Heart is a searingly honest novel of public and private ideals betrayed and hopes reignited by one of our foremost novelists.
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HALF A HEARTUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
The volatile relationship between a fortysomething Houston matron and the racially mixed daughter who hesitantly reenters her life is central to Brown's intelligent, affecting, if occasionally slow ... Read full review
Half A HeartUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Alternating narrators Jayne Atkinson and Lisa Gay Hamilton present the two sides of a complex reunion between a mother and the child she has not seen in almost 20 years. While teaching at an African ... Read full review