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The World in Half
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The "beautiful" (Chicago Sun-Times) novel from the prizewinning author of Come Together, Fall Apart.


Miraflores never knew her father, and never thought he wanted to know her. But when she returns to the Chicago suburb where she grew up to care for her ailing mother, she discovers that her mother and father were greatly in love, and that her father had wanted a daughter more than she could have imagined. Now, Miraflores secretly plots a trip to Panama, in search of the man she hopes can heal her mother-and who can help her find the pieces of her own identity. What she finds is unexpected, exhilarating, and holds the power to change the course of her life.
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Cristina Henriquez. (2009). The World in Half. Penguin Publishing Group.

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Cristina Henriquez. 2009. The World in Half. Penguin Publishing Group.

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Cristina Henriquez, The World in Half. Penguin Publishing Group, 2009.

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The "beautiful" (Chicago Sun-Times) novel from the prizewinning author of Come Together, Fall Apart.


Miraflores never knew her father, and never thought he wanted to know her. But when she returns to the Chicago suburb where she grew up to care for her ailing mother, she discovers that her mother and father were greatly in love, and that her father had wanted a daughter more than she could have imagined. Now, Miraflores secretly plots a trip to Panama, in search of the man she hopes can heal her mother-and who can help her find the pieces of her own identity. What she finds is unexpected, exhilarating, and holds the power to change the course of her life.
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        A college student journeys to Panama to track down the father she never knew in this debut novel from Henr"quez (Come Together, Fall Apart, 2006).

        The product of an adulterous affair between a military wife and a Panama Canal worker, Miraflores (Mira) Reid was raised by single mom Catherine to believe that her biological father had no interest in being a part of her life. Mira is shocked, then, to discover a stash of letters testifying to Gatun Gallardo's passionate yearning to be with her and her mother; it was Catherine who decided they should be apart. Unfortunately, confronting Mom is not really an option, since she is suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's and becoming more helpless each day. Anxious to find out more about Gatun's world, Mira hires a health aide to look after Catherine, takes a leave from school and jets down to Panama to find him. Shortly after arriving in the tropical splendor of Central America, she meets a semi-employed young charmer named Danilo all too eager to help out the pretty tourist. His uncle Hernán also takes a liking to her, in a more paternal way, and she stays with the two bachelors while hitting one dead end after another. Danilo, it turns out, knows more than he lets on, and Mira's poignant discovery of what actually happened to her dad complicates their burgeoning relationship. Back in Chicago, Mira has to deal with her mother's worsening condition and her own lingering anger over the family life they could have had. It is a lot for a young person to handle, as Mira is forced to face her fears and learn from Catherine's mistakes. The talented Henr"quez writes plenty of soaring passages, and Danilo is a wonderful character; but like its conflicted heroine, the novel seems unsure whether it belongs in Chicago or Panama.

        Thoughtful travelogue whose terrain includes the mother/daughter minefield.

        (COPYRIGHT (2009) KIRKUS REVIEWS/NIELSEN BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

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        March 1, 2009
        Henr-quezs first book, Come Together, Fall Apart (2006), a striking collection of short stories set in Panama, elevated her to the hot-new-talent echelon. In her first novel, she infuses the quiet tragedies of a fractured family with conundrums of inheritance and identity. Henr-quezs appealing narrator, Mira (full name, Miraflores), a geophyiscs major at the University of Chicago anda good girl, tends to her single mother, who at 45 is assailed by early-onset Alzheimers. Mira knows nothing about her father, other than the fact that her mother had an affair while living briefly in Panama City, until she discovers a stash of passionate letters. Dumbfounded, desperate for family as her mother loses control of her mind, and hungry for understanding of her Panamanian heritage, Mira heads to Panama City with an old address and no plan. Seduced by the spaciousness of thenovel, Henr-quez gets bogged down in moment-by-moment minutiae, but her characters and their predicaments are compelling, her descriptions luscious, her humor tart, and her sensitivity to the emotional implications of a long-camouflagedbicultural legacy is exquisite.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2009, American Library Association.)

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Miraflores never knew her father, and never thought he wanted to know her. But when she returns to the Chicago suburb where she grew up to care for her ailing mother, she discovers that her mother and father were greatly in love, and that her father had wanted a daughter more than she could have imagined. Now, Miraflores secretly plots a trip to Panama, in search of the man she hopes can heal her mother-and who can help her find the pieces of her own identity. What she finds is unexpected, exhilarating, and holds the power to change the course of her life.
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