Half the House, 20th Anniversary Edition
Richard Hoffman (Author)
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DescriptionLiterary Nonfiction. Memoir. The hardcover publication (1995) of this spare, poignant memoir (Time) resulted in the arrest of a child molester and the headline: Author's Writing on Abuse Brings New Victims Forward. Our 20th Anniversary Edition features a new introduction by Louise DeSalvo--author of Writing as a Way of Healing--contextualizing the events this book set in motion, the cries for help Hoffman received from men across the country, and the talk he had with an 11-year-old boy who thanked him for making it stop. HALF THE HOUSE, an unflinching autobiography about a blue-collar family struggling to care for two terminally ill children as the third child, the author, is subjected at age 10 to sexual abuse by his coach, is also a moving work of literature and a testament to the healing power of truthtelling. It offers heartening evidence... of the human capacity to endure and prevail (Washington Post).
New Rivers Press
April 09, 2015
5.2 X 7.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.65 pounds
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About the Author
Richard Hoffman has published four previous books of poetry: Without Paradise; Gold Star Road, winner of The Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the Sheila Motton Book Award from The New England Poetry Club; Emblem; and Noon until Night, which received the 2018 Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry. His other books include the celebrated memoirs Half the House and Love & Fury, the story collection Interference and Other Stories, and the essay collection Remembering the Alchemists and Other Essays. He is Emeritus Writer in Residence at Emerson College and Nonfiction Editor of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices.