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"The Half-Life" by Jonathan Raymond (1 Viewer)

ampersand

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Hi. I recently read this book and will like to very much recommend it. It tells the story of two sets of friends, each taking place in Oregon but during different centuries. I won't get into the details, just let me say that it deals with the disappointment of a friendship betrayed and the search for a small measure of closure (since a full one is unattainable). Told from the point of view of the 'passive' partner in each case, Raymond does a fantastic job of making us sympathize with the insecurities and ambitions of the characters, their need to connect with someone, and superbly builds up to the causes and consequences of the selfish behavior of the more dominant friend. Overall a great read, both entertaining and thoughtful.
 

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