Halfway House: A Novel

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Dec 1, 2007 - Fiction - 384 pages
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One day, Angie Voorster—diligent student, all-star swimmer and ivy-league bound high school senior—dives to the bottom of a pool and stays there. In that moment, everything the Voorster family believes they know about each other changes. Katharine Noel’s extraordinary debut illuminates the fault lines in one family’s relationships, as well as the complex emotional ties that bind them together.
With grace and precision rarely seen in a first novel, Noel guides her reader through a world where love is imperfect, and where longing for an imagined ideal can both destroy one family’s happiness and offer them redemption. Halfway House introduces a powerful, eloquent new literary voice.
 

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User Review  - justacatandabook - LibraryThing

I found this book quite compelling at times, but wasn't that impressed with the story overall. The book centers on a family and the ramifications they face when the daughter, Angela, becomes mentally ill. Some of the passages are quite interesting, but overall, the story seemed flat. Read full review

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User Review  - CatieN - LibraryThing

Angie Voorster is 17, a champion swimmer, great student, bright future, and a good family: mom, dad, and younger brother Luke. Then at a swim meet, she suffers a psychotic break, dives to the bottom ... Read full review

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Katharine Noel is a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, where she formerly held a Stegner Fellowship. Her writing has won grants from the Henfield-Transatlantic, Barbara Deming, and Rona Jaffe foundations, among others, and was included in Best New American Voices 2003. She currently lives in San Francisco, where she is at work on her second novel.

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