Half Life

Half Life

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Running away is easy. It's coming home that's hard.It's time to stop fighting, and go home' These are the words that persuade Aruna to walk out of her East London flat in the middle of breakfast, and keep on walking. Leaving behind her marriage to Patrick, her adoring husband, she gets on a plane to Singapore, running back home to the city she had run away from in the first place. And there she finds her childhood friend and former lover, Jazz, who has never stopped waiting for her to return. After years spent fleeing the ghosts of her past - the life she and Jazz had together, the terrible revelation that tore them apart, the troubling psychological diagnosis she would rather forget - Aruna is about to discover that running away is easy. It is coming home - making peace with herself, Jazz and those they have loved - that is hard. Set in London, Singapore and Malaysia, Half Life is an extraordinary, brutal yet also lyrical novel of love and conflict, friendship and sacrifice. 'A compelling tale . . . Farooki's hypnotic narrative is driven by a delicate, probing intensity, full of grace and poignancy.' Publishers Weekly (US)
Publisher: London : Pan Books 2011, c2010
ISBN: 9780330509923
Branch Call Number: F FAR NVD
Characteristics: 259 p. ; 20 cm


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BPLNextBestAdults Jul 13, 2011

What a compelling read! This is London based Roopa Farooki’s fourth book and this latest tale will delight lovers of literary fiction. Her previous nominations for the Orange Prize and Impac Dublin Literary Prize attest to a very gifted writer.
The story swirls around Dr. Aruna Ahmed Jones, an academic raised in Singapore but living in London. Aruna is a quirky character who is not easy to like as she self-destructs on alcohol, drugs, sex and cigarettes in an effort to find herself. She feels she doesn’t belong in Singapore or England.
Married after a brief encounter to an adoring, devoted doctor she abruptly abandons him one morning without a word of goodbye, clutching only her purse and passport as she boards a plane bound for Singapore and her former life. The sentence in a book she had picked up set her in motion “It’s time to stop fighting and go home.”
The secrets that come to light as she meets with her childhood friend who was her lover, and his father provide a passionate and emotionally rewarding story as Aruna makes peace with the ghosts of her past.

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