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When Cookie Figowitz, the cook for a party of volatile fur trappers trekking through the Oregon Territory in the 1820s, joins up with the refugee Henry Brown, the two begin a wild ride that takes them from the virgin territory of the West all the way to China and back again. One hundred and sixty years later, Tina Plank, an unhappy teenager, meets Trixie, a girl with a troubled past, and the two become fast friends. But when two skeletons are accidentally unearthed from their common ground, the lives of Tina and Trixie, Cookie and Henry are brought together in unexpected and startling ways.

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"Terrific. The Half-Life gazes upon those fierce but ephemeral attachments that evade the history books. Multiple plots elegantly veer across the sprawling terrain." Village Voice

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"Raymond nimbly interweaves these parallel tales and manages to surprise....[A] subtle portrait of friendship and loss...[from] an astute, patient observer." Entertainment Weekly

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"Raymond's debut novel teems with carefully researched period details, intrigue...yet it never feels overstuffed." Washington Post

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"With The Half-Life, [Raymond] has come home prospecting for literary gold....Oregon has given him something back." San Francisco Chronicle

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"The Half-Life is a potent fairy tale of who we are, how we got there, and the unknowable history under our feet." Los Angeles Times

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"A marvelous novel...a mystery as rich as the history of the Oregon territory itself." Vanity Fair

About the Author

Jonathan Raymond attended Swarthmore College. He was an editor at Plazm magazine and received his M.F.A. from New School University. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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stellahd, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by stellahd)
This is the tale of two different worlds converging on the relationships and bonds that we are seeking and yet at times we don't seek out at all. Is it all meant to be? Do we find ourselves in one world or the other? Are we merely onlookers that will never share the bond of two hands intertwined over the ages, decades, centuries of two people so closely bonded. Such an intimate insight into how people can share their lives.
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thegreenangel, January 31, 2011 (view all comments by thegreenangel)
Fresh from reading Livability, Raymond's collection of short stories that fit so comfy as a pair of your best faded jeans, Half Life also displayed Raymond's preternatural talent for inhabiting diverse characters, settings, time periods and cultures. As he did in Livability, Raymond goes from characters ranging in age from childhood to chronologically challenged, gender to gender and back again, as if it were just another day in the park. How can he so completely understand the mind of two very different teenaged girls (something that he could market in a different way to thus afflicted parents!) and then jump back a century in time and do the same to a military camp cook in the mid-nineteenth century?!? It's amazing, truly. In doing so, he allows us to see the heart of humanity, and that, despite all the external, environmental changes, we human beings as a species, have changed very little, still all basically want the same things: to be loved, cherished and understood. This is a loving look at friendship placed in the guise of a mystery story of sorts, when two highschool girls in the late 2oth century live on communal land where one of the resident adults (and landlord) makes a discovery, unearthing two intertwined, not-too-recently deceased skeleton, holding hands. Amid escalating controversy about what racial group these skeletons come from and therefore who has the rite to claim them, the story of the lives of these two individuals, while still alive, is told, framed through the lens of the two girls' friendship, the wacky things that they plan, and eventually, it's demise as well. My favorite scene is when the girls finally find the right camera for their filmmaking project...the description of the store and its owner are absolutely fantastic! It's a very good and gratifying story, but it's heart is, well, all heart...the human one, and how friendship is a powerful and enduring force in our lives.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781582345789
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Raymond, Jonathan
Author:
Raymond, Jon
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20050501
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.22 x 5.5 x 1.095 in

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"Review" by , "Terrific. The Half-Life gazes upon those fierce but ephemeral attachments that evade the history books. Multiple plots elegantly veer across the sprawling terrain."
"Review" by , "Raymond nimbly interweaves these parallel tales and manages to surprise....[A] subtle portrait of friendship and loss...[from] an astute, patient observer."
"Review" by , "Raymond's debut novel teems with carefully researched period details, intrigue...yet it never feels overstuffed."
"Review" by , "With The Half-Life, [Raymond] has come home prospecting for literary gold....Oregon has given him something back."
"Review" by , "The Half-Life is a potent fairy tale of who we are, how we got there, and the unknowable history under our feet."
"Review" by , "A marvelous novel...a mystery as rich as the history of the Oregon territory itself."
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