Half a heart

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Miriam Vener Feels Trapped in the Comfortable white middle-class life she leads with her family in Houston during the 1980s. That life suddenly shatters with the appearance, after almost eighteen years, of Veronica (Ronnee), her biracial daughter born in Mississippi in the sixties when Miriam was a civil rights activist. Hot tempered, sensitive, manipulative and deeply hurt at her mother's disappearance from her life, Ronnee has been raised by her father, a formerly brilliant college professor who forbade her to see her white mother. Half a Heart charts the emotionally fraught terrain of the mother and daughter's reunion and Ronnee's divided sense of self and loyalty. With which family, and which race, does she identify? How does all this affect her relationships with her newly discovered half-sister, her white boyfriend, and the father she is rebelling against? Half a Heart is a searingly honest novel of public and private ideals betrayed and hopes reignited by one of our foremost novelists.
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Grouping Titlehalf a heart
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display_descriptionRosellen Brown's extraordinary new novel, Half a Heart, tells the story of a former civil rights activist, Miriam Vener, who feels trapped in the comfortable white upper-middle-class life she leads with her family in Houston in the 1980's. That life suddenly shatters with the appearance, after almost eighteen years, of Veronica (Ronnee), her biracial daughter, born of Miriam's passionate affair a generation ago with Eljay, a brilliant black professor at a Mississippi college, who has raised the child ever since. When Miriam introduces her daughter to the utterly white New England town where she summers, and to the Houston society which represents the compromise of her sixties ideals, the results are complicated: What claim does Miriam have on Ronnee after all this time, and what does Ronnee want of her mother now? Ronnee wrestles with her fury at her mother's mysterious disappearance from her life. With which family -- and which race -- does Ronnee identify? Half a Heart is a profoundly moving story about estrangement and intimacy, race and privilege, identity and belonging.
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subject_facetBirthmothers -- Fiction
Domestic fiction
Houston (Tex.) -- Fiction
Illegitimate children -- Fiction
Large type books
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction
New England -- Fiction
Racially mixed people -- Fiction
Teenage girls -- Fiction
Women civil rights workers -- Fiction
title_displayHalf a heart
title_fullHalf a heart / Rosellen Brown
Half a heart [electronic resource] / Rosellen Brown
title_shortHalf a heart
Illegitimate children
Mothers and daughters
Racially mixed people
Teenage girls
Women civil rights workers