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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 one another changes. Katharine Noelâ€™s extraordinary debut illuminates the fault lines in one familyâ€™s relationships, as well as the complex emotional ties that bind them together. Halfway House is the story of Angieâ€™s psychotic break and her familyâ€™s subsequent turmoil. Angie is a charismatic young woman - brilliant, witty, and passionate - until she swings to manic highs or dangerous lows. Each of her family members responds differently to the ongoing crisis: Her father Pieter, a Dutch-born professional cellist, retreats further into his music; her mother begins a destabilizing affair with a younger man; her younger brother, Luke, first distances himself as much as possible from his sister, then later drops out of college to be closer to her. And Lukeâ€™s college girlfriend Wendy, who comes from a farming town in Iowa, provides an outsiderâ€™s perspective on the familyâ€™s teeter toward collapse. The Voorsters manage for a time to maintain a semblance of the normalcy they had 'before', when they were the ideal New England family; it is not until Angie is finally able to fend for herself that the family is able to truly fall apart and then regather itself in a new, fundamentally changed way.
Publication date: 03/05/2007
Publisher: Judy Piatkus Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||3rd May 2007|
|Publisher:||Judy Piatkus Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||Book Club Recommendations, Family Drama, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,|
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, and was included in Best New American Voices 2003. She currently lives in San Francisco, where she is at work on her second novel.More About Katharine Noel