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Half a Heart

Half a Heart

(1991)
A novel by

 
Rosellen Brown's extraordinary new novel, Half a Heart, tells the story of a former civil rights activist, Miriam Vener, who feels trapped in the comfortable white upper-middle-class life she leads with her family in Houston in the 1980's. That life suddenly shatters with the appearance, after almost eighteen years, of Veronica (Ronnee), her biracial daughter, born of Miriam's passionate affair a generation ago with Eljay, a brilliant black professor at a Mississippi college, who has raised the child ever since. When Miriam introduces her daughter to the utterly white New England town where she summers, and to the Houston society which represents the compromise of her sixties ideals, the results are complicated: What claim does Miriam have on Ronnee after all this time, and what does Ronnee want of her mother now?

Ronnee wrestles with her fury at her mother's mysterious disappearance from her life. With which family -- and which race -- does Ronnee identify?

Half a Heart is a profoundly moving story about estrangement and intimacy, race and privilege, identity and belonging.

 
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Hardback Editions

June 2001 : USA Hardback
Title: Half a Heart
Author(s): Rosellen Brown
ISBN: 1-58724-017-3 / 978-1-58724-017-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

May 2000 : USA Hardback
Title: Half a Heart
Author(s): Rosellen Brown
ISBN: 0-374-93384-7 / 978-0-374-93384-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 2000 : USA Hardback
Title: Half a Heart
Author(s): Rosellen Brown
ISBN: 0-374-29987-0 / 978-0-374-29987-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux (T)
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 1991 : USA Hardback
Title: Half a heart
Author(s): Rosellen Brown
ISBN: 0-374-44013-1 / 978-0-374-44013-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

June 1999 : USA Hardback
Title: Half a Heart
Author(s): Rosellen Brown
ISBN: 0-374-16772-9 / 978-0-374-16772-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

May 2001 : USA Paperback
Title: Half a Heart
Author(s): Rosellen Brown
ISBN: 0-312-27830-6 / 978-0-312-27830-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

February 2010 : USA Audio edition
Title: Half a Heart
Author(s): Rosellen Brown
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon   

November 2000 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Half a Heart
Author(s): Rosellen Brown
ISBN: 0-7927-2414-3 / 978-0-7927-2414-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: John Curley & Assoc
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

May 2000 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Half A Heart
Author(s): Rosellen Brown
ISBN: 0-7435-0579-4 / 978-0-7435-0579-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audioworks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

May 2001 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: Half a Heart
Author(s): Rosellen Brown
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Availability: Amazon CA   



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