Halfway House

Halfway House

3.4 9
by Katharine Noel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802142915

ISBN-13: 2900802142916

Pub. Date: 02/28/2007

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

"One day, Angie Voorster - diligent student, all-star swimmer, and Ivy League-bound high school senior - dives to the bottom of a pool and stays there. In that moment, everything the Voorster family believes they know about one another changes. Katharine Noel's debut illuminates the fault lines in one family's relationships, as well as the complex emotional ties that…  See more details below

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"One day, Angie Voorster - diligent student, all-star swimmer, and Ivy League-bound high school senior - dives to the bottom of a pool and stays there. In that moment, everything the Voorster family believes they know about one another changes. Katharine Noel's debut illuminates the fault lines in one family's relationships, as well as the complex emotional ties that bind them together." Set in a small town in New Hampshire, Halfway House is the story of Angie's psychotic break and her family's subsequent turmoil. Angie is a charismatic young woman - brilliant, witty, and passionate - until she swings to manic highs or dangerous lows. Each of her family members responds differently to the ongoing crisis: her father Pieter, a Dutch-born professional cellist, retreats further into his career; her mother begins a destabilizing affair with a younger man; her younger brother, Luke, first distances himself as much as possible from his sister, then later drops out of college to be closer to her. And Luke's college girlfriend Wendy, who comes from a farming town in Iowa, provides an outsider's perspective on the family's teeter toward collapse. The Voorsters manage for a time to maintain a semblance of the normalcy they had "before," when they were the ideal New England family; it is not until Angie is finally able to fend for herself that the family is able to truly fall apart and then regather itself in a new, fundamentally changed way.

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ISBN-13:
2900802142916
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384

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Halfway House 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The story begins with a young woman having a breakdown during a swim meet, and first appears to be her story. At some point it shifts as though becoming more about the breakdown of a family in the wake of one of their own being diagnosed with mental illness. In the end, it never fully does justice to either avenue. Yet, it still goes a long way in illuminating one person's experience of bi-polar disorder, one family's. Bi-polar disorder looks so different in each person--I was diagnosed some 20 years ago--and responds to medication and treatment so differently, but any chance for people to become more aware of it is a good thing, and this writer does have a lovely voice. For more rants and raves, check out my book blog at allthepage.today.com
Guest More than 1 year ago
The content of the book is lagging. The author spent too much time being overly descriptive on things, stupid things and using very drawn out text, I took this as a filler to add more to the book. I couldn't read more than 133 pages due to her over descriptiveness and lack of any real substance. I am terribly glad that this was a loner of sorts and that I had not wasted my money. If you want to read about life and depression there are other actual good books out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Noel did an incredible job depicting a young girl and her battle with bipolar disorder and how it effects her family. I battled with manic depression as a teenager, and her descriptions were so accurate that I sometimes had to put the book down because it brought back so many memories. Noel's prose is beautiful, and Halfway House is very easy to read. I am looking forward to reading more by her!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very talented writer. Unfortunately, she diminished this work by perpetuating a common SF/Bay Area conceit that completely undermines the ending. Another societal 'misfit' packs up and moves to northern California to be 'saved.' Rubbish! Simplistic! Provincial! Why would this be the right choice for a character in this situation, with these problems, with this family? Probably because the author wants it to be so. The resolution rings so untrue in an otherwise sensitive, unflinching, engaging novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book so far i'm almost finished with is absolutly great i can't believe that this is her first book. she describes everything so clearly like it's a movie in your head. this is an awesome book. and i hope she writes some others. =)
Guest More than 1 year ago
The guy/girl who wrote the just okay article doesn't have a clue. The book is reminiscent of Susan Kaysen's 'Girl Interrupted.' The author¿s style is flawless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
from the reviews and hype, i had expected this to be a really good book. it was okay and really a good story overall, but it just seemed so looooong, even though it was less than 400 pages. it seemed sometimes like the author was writing just for the sake of making the book longer, not to add anything more relevant to the story. it does paint a good picture of mental illness though.