The World in Half

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Penguin, Apr 2, 2009 - Fiction - 320 pages
11 Reviews
Now in paperback, the "beautiful" (Chicago Sun-Times) novel from the prizewinning author of Come Together, Fall Apart.

Miraflores never knew her father, and never thought he wanted to know her. But when she returns to the Chicago suburb where she grew up to care for her ailing mother, she discovers that her mother and father were greatly in love, and that her father had wanted a daughter more than she could have imagined. Now, Miraflores secretly plots a trip to Panama, in search of the man she hopes can heal her mother-and who can help her find the pieces of her own identity. What she finds is unexpected, exhilarating, and holds the power to change the course of her life.

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User Review  - mlake - LibraryThing

This was a very quiet very moving book. Here is my favorite idea from it: He says that hope is a very, very fragile thing and that when you steal it from someone , it can be like stealing their soul. He's convinced that taking away hope is much worse than giving someone the truth... Read full review

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User Review  - Lupita_Garza-Grande - LibraryThing

Half way through. I've read enough of it to write a review of it. Totally recommend it to everyone. A great example of Latino fiction for EVERYONE to enjoy! Read full review


One Origination
Two Orientation
Four Deflation
Five Infiltration
Six Concretion
Seven Saturation
Eight Friction
Nine Crystallization
Ten Erosion
Eleven Vibration

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About the author (2009)

Cristina Henríquez is the author of Come Together, Fall Apart: A Novella and Stories and the forthcoming novel The World In Half. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker, Glimmer Train, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, and AGNI, and her non-fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Oxford American, and Preservation. She was featured in Virginia Quarterly Review as one of "Fiction's New Luminaries," and is a recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award, a grant started by Sandra Cisneros in honor of her father.

She earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She lives with her husband in Chicago.

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