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Half a Life

(2010)
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"Half my life ago, I killed a girl." So begins Darin Strauss' Half a Life, the true story of how one high school outing in his father's Oldsmobile resulted in the tragic death of a young girl, and the beginning of a different, darker life for the author. In the days, weeks, months, years since this accident, Strauss has struggled to come to terms with what "accident" even means; was it physically possible to avoid his classmate Celine's swerving bike? Was she suicidal? The police had assured him there was nothing he could have done to avoid hitting her, and charges were dropped - but then why were Celine's parents suing him? Now 36 years old and a father, Darin Strauss has lived half his life with the pain and grief of having killed someone. After speaking publicly about the event for the first time on This American Life - which garnered a powerful and overwhelming response - Strauss delves even deeper into the meaning and consequences of that fateful, or possibly fateless day.



Praise for this book

"A story of hope and what it means to be human." - Carrie Fisher

"Precise, elegantly written, fresh, wise, and very sad." - Nick Hornby


Used availability for Darin Strauss's Half a Life

Hardback Editions

May 2011 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Half a Life
Author(s): Darin Strauss
ISBN: 1-61383-122-6 / 978-1-61383-122-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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February 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: Half a Life
Author(s): Darin Strauss
ISBN: 1-907616-07-1 / 978-1-907616-07-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Beautiful Books
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September 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Half a Life
Author(s): Darin Strauss
ISBN: 1-934781-70-3 / 978-1-934781-70-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: McSweeney's
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Paperback Editions

May 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Half a Life: A Memoir
Author(s): Darin Strauss
ISBN: 0-8129-8253-3 / 978-0-8129-8253-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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Audio Editions

September 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Half a Life: A Memoir
Author(s): Darin Strauss
Publisher: Random House Audio
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September 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Half a Life: A Memoir
Author(s): Darin Strauss
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

May 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Half a Life: A Memoir
Author(s): Darin Strauss
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon CA   


September 2010 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: Half a Life
Author(s): Darin Strauss
Publisher: Penguin eBooks
Availability: Amazon AU