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Half a Life

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ISBN-10: 0385488912

ISBN-13: 9780385488914

Edition: N/A

Authors: Jill Ciment

List price: $15.00
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Unflinchingly honest, moving, and funny, Half a Life shows how a girl without means or promise and with only a loving mother, chutzpah, a bit of fraud, and a lot of luck turned into somebody. In 1964 the Ciment family left middle-class Montreal for the fringe desert communities of Los Angeles, where their always unstable father lost the last vestiges of his sanity. Terrified and broke, in a world he could neither understand nor control, he came apart. When the family finally threw him out, he lived for weeks in his car at the foot of their driveway. Ciment turned herself into a girl for whom a father is unnecessary-a tough girl who survived any way she could. She and her brother Jack…    
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Book details

List price: $15.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/18/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 220
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

JILL CIMENTwas born in Montreal, Canada. She is the author of three novels,The Tattoo Artist, Teeth of the Dog,andThe Law of Falling Bodies; a collection of short stories,Small Claims; and a memoir,Half a Life. Ciment is a professor of English at the University of Florida. She lives in Gainesville, Florida. From the Hardcover edition.