A halfway house is a lousy place to fall in love. Continuing right where “5150: A Transfer” left off, “Half” recounts the ongoing saga of Ethan Lloyd and his bid to break free of the mental health system while continuing the slow healing process.
Ethan befriends Michael G. Page, a complex character suffering from a much milder case of mental illness. Michael helps Ethan regain his sense of self and personal freedom that he lost in the hospital.
Half takes place in a very real location - Conard House, a Victorian Mansion in Pacific Heights converted into a halfway house for mental patients. The house, perched high atop the hill above Cow Hollow, provides an ironic contrast to the fate of the clients who live there. For many, this will be the only mansion they will ever call home.
There are setbacks. Ethan suffers from occasional relapses of paranoia, hallucinations and medical mismanagement. Despite these obstacles, he plans to escape to Mexico with his new crush, Chance.
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About the Author
Duncan MacLeod is a native Californian who was transplanted to the East Coast for boarding school and a failed semester at an Ivy League school. He returned to California to finish his education at San Francisco State University, where he majored in Film and Italian. He directed a feature documentary about Mexican wrestling called "La Lucha/The Struggle," performed lead autoharp in the band "The Acres," and is author of the semi-autobiographical novels "5150" and "Half." Currently, he lives in greater Los Angeles with his husband Rafael and his dog Patsy. He just finished and published the third book in the series, "M3X1(0", which picks up where Half left off. It transports the reader through Mexico during an economic crisis in 1988. Duncan wrote 5150 to help the friends and loved ones of a mental patient better understand how the world might look through their eyes during an episode. It is his sincere hope that this novel will comfort them and offer them hope.