Half the House is the story of a family repeatedly visited by death and suffering; of a boy burdened with a terrible secret; of a father and son estranged by grief and anger. Richard Hoffman recalls his boyhood in postwar, blue collar Allentown, PA, a world of breweries and ballfields, by turns idyllic and brutal. He depicts his family's struggles to maintain their dignity while caring for two of his brothers, who are terminally ill, and reveals how, under such circumstances, hope and denial become one; love and rage are inextricably fused; and silence and unreality threaten.
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Book Description Harcourt, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX015100174X
Book Description Harcourt, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 015100174X
Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97801510017431.0
Book Description Harcourt, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11015100174X
Book Description Harcourt, 1995. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: The headlines that followed the hardcover publication of this unflinching memoir testify to its power: "Poet's memoirs lead to arrest of alleged child molester," "Author's writing on abuse brings new victims forward." In a new afterword, Richard Hoffman writes about the events his book set in motion, the cries for help he received from men across the country, and the talk he had with an eleven-year-old boy who thanked him "for making it stop." Against the backdrop of postwar, blue-collar America, Half the House depicts a family's struggles to care for two terminally ill children, recounts the sexual abuse to which the author, at age ten, was subjected by his coach, and explores the ways in which grief and rage estrange those who need each other most. A testament to the healing power of truth telling, this "spare, poignang" memoir (Time) "offers heartening evidence, to borrow William Faulkner's phrase, of the human capacity to endure and prevail" (Washington Post). Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_015100174X