Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Recommended read: Half a Life

Half a Life by Darin Strauss is a deeply personal story; do not tread lightly. See, Strauss accidentally killed a classmate when he was 18 (half a life ago). Celine was on her bike and crossed two lanes ending up in front of Darin's car. It was too late.

It is safe to say that we all have experienced grief in some form or another, but probably not under these horrific circumstances. Strauss is excruciatingly truthful (read his admission that he was essentially putting on a show for two pretty girls that come upon the accident scene) and generous to a fault as he lays bare his emotions and thoughts on the accident, then and now. He was often gauging his outward emotion on the emotions of others around him. All the while, he was really trying to understand the meaning of the accident.

On a side note: His writing style is unique and fluid, possibly coming from his fiction background (most notably for Chang and Eng). The chapters are short and poignant. Check out this interview with Strauss from the Daily Beast.

Find it in the catalog!