I want people to read this novel. This is a wonderful, wonderful novel.
Nancy Pearl, Seattle NPR
One of the finest school-set novels in recent memory.
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From Holly LeCraw, the Pushcart Prize-nominated author of the critically acclaimed debut novel THE SWIMMING POOL, comes a refreshing and bold new twist on the traditional New England boarding school novel with THE HALF BROTHER, an elegant and propulsive story about family loyalties, inescapable fates, and the enduring search for identity.
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More praise for THE HALF BROTHER:
An intricate tale of loyalty and betrayal, secrets and truths…LeCraw brings southern gothic to staid New England in a tale reminiscent of Pat Conroy, Anne Rivers Siddons, Anne Tyler, and Donna Tartt.
A stirring, melancholy tale of families and the secrets they dare not share, set against the cloistered backdrop of a New England boarding school.
Janice Y. K. Lee, author of The Piano Teacher
Beautifully written . . . a thoughtful meditation on family and mortality.
Clea Simon, The Boston Globe
A complicated, engrossing study of characters and relationships.
LeCraw’s people are tender and they are ruthless – but mostly they are unforgettable. Robin Black, author of Life Drawing
A family drama written like a Robert Frost poem.
Irresistible . . . It is a pleasure to get lost in LeCraw’s prose, which is both graceful and filled with smart ￼observation.
LeCraw’s writing is laced with insights that sweeten the reading like pieces of verbal candy….a gem of a literary page turner.
Atmospheric . . . LeCraw’s writing is evocative and rich . . . LeCraw’s beautiful prose gives his thoughts depth and fullness . . . The Half Brother is a complex, thoughtful book, perfect for reading away a snowy evening.
Deb Baker, The New Hampshire Union Leader
Fans of boarding school novels will snap up this story of lost loves, family secrets, and life at a New England prep school from behind the teacher’s desk.
Laurie Cavanaugh, Library Journal
A love story steeped in a brew of scholarly romance resonant of Dead Poets Society and A Separate Peace…. it’s decadent as cake, and just as much fun to consume.
Winnipeg Free Press