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The other half of me : a novel
Morgan McCarthy
Adult Fiction MCCARTH

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In McCarthy's evocative debut, the upper-class childhoods of seven-year-old Jonathan Anthony and his younger sister, Theo, are the stuff of a modern fairy tale. Growing up mostly unsupervised on a rambling Welsh manor called Evendon, the siblings, despite their differences (Jonathan is a good student, while Theo struggles to wrest her attention away from dreamy preoccupations), are inseparable, whether carousing in the secret garden, stealing canapes, or hiding beneath tables at fancy parties hosted by their grandmother, Eve, and graced by their drunken, detached mother. The garden, with its deep, dark pool, is emblematic for the children of Evendon's innumerable mysteries, as well as their aristocratic family's many secrets. The most affecting and curious for Jonathan and Theo is what really happened to their father; Eve told them he died years ago, but Theo believes otherwise, and this doubt threatens to drive her to insanity. Culminating in a tear-jerking conclusion, McCarthy deftly conjures the ghosts of the Anthony family's past to wreak havoc on-and enrich-its tragic present. Agent: Jo Unwin, Conville & Walsh. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Born just a year apart, Jonathan and Theo are uncommonly close siblings, huddling together at Evendon, a shabbily magnificent estate in Wales, to protect themselves from the privileged confusion of a dysfunctional family of epic proportions. Jonathan narrates, moving back and forth in time between 1988 and 2008, recounting how they spent their days exploring and inventing stories while he keeps a close eye on Theo, whose dreamy, disconnected dance with reality makes him seen as charming and sweet as a little girl. When their famous maternal grandmother, Eve, returns to the estate to rescue them from a family crisis triggered by their alcoholic mother's collapse, the children hear snippets of conversations that speak of dark family secrets and monstrous deception that go back generations. As they approach adulthood, it is harder to ignore the family lies or Theo's loosening grasp on reality. VERDICT Told in lush, gorgeous language that recalls classic family sagas from another century, McCarthy's stunning debut will box her readers into an impossible corner-either they'll want to race through to see what happens next or slow down and savor language that is mesmerizing in its evocative powers.-Beth E. Andersen, Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., MI (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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