The World in Half (Paperback)

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“College-age Miraflores Reid grew up believing that her Panamanian father had not wanted her, but when her mother begins to suffer from dementia Miraflores secretly travels from Chicago to Panama to discover his story, and her own. The unfolding of the past -- and its effect on her -- is beautifully told in The World in Half.”
— Ellen Sandmeyer, Sandmeyer's Bookstore, Chicago, IL


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

Miraflores has never known her father, and until now, she’s never thought that he wanted to know her. She’s long been aware that her mother had an affair with him while she was stationed with her then husband in Panama, and she’s always assumed that her pregnant mother came back to the United States alone with his consent. But when Miraflores returns to the Chicago suburb where she grew up, to care for her mother at a time of illness, she discovers that her mother and father had a greater love than she ever thought possible, and that her father had wanted her more than she could have imagined.

In secret, Miraflores plots a trip to Panama, in search of the man whose love she hopes can heal her mother—and whose presence she believes can help her find the pieces of her own identity that she thought were irretrievably lost. What she finds is unexpected, exhilarating, and holds the power to change the course of her life completely.

In gorgeous, shimmering prose, Cristina Henríquez delivers a triumphant and heartbreaking first novel: the story of a young woman reconciling an existence between two cultures and confronting a life of hardship with an endless capacity to learn, love, and forgive.

About the Author

Cristina Henríquez is the author of Come Together, Fall Apart: A Novella and Stories, The World In Half and the forthcoming novel The Great Divide. Her stories have been published in The New YorkerGlimmer TrainPloughsharesTriQuarterly, and AGNI, and her non-fiction has appeared in The New YorkerThe Oxford American, and Preservation. She was featured in Virginia Quarterly Review as one of "Fiction's New Luminaries," and is a recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award, a grant started by Sandra Cisneros in honor of her father.

She earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She lives with her husband in Chicago.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781594484391
ISBN-10: 1594484392
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2010
Pages: 320
Language: English