Half Life

Half Life

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On the morning that changes everything, Aruna Ahmed Jones walks out of her ground-floor Victorian apartment in London wearing only jeans and a t-shirt, carrying nothing more substantial than a handbag, and keeps on walking. Leaving behind the handsome Dr. Patrick Jones, her husband of less than a year, Aruna heads to Heathrow, where she boards a plane bound for Singapore and her old life. Educated and beautiful, Aruna has a desperate need to risk it all. But why? Waiting for her is a messy past and a perfect past lover she had once abandoned without even saying goodbye - a story left unfinished - until now.

Aruna is not running away from home, she is running back to the home she always had, before it became impossible for her to stay. Before her father, the only family she'd ever known, passed away. Before she tried, and failed, to create a life and a family with her best friend and lover, Jazz. Before her doctor delivered a complicated psychological diagnosis she'd rather forget. After years of fleeing the ghosts that continue to haunt her, Aruna is about to discover that running away is really the easy part; it is coming home--making peace with her past, with Jazz and those they have loved--that is hard. Spanning the world from London to Singapore to India and back again, Half Life is a richly layered tale of love and conflict, friendship and sacrifice, the luminous story of a young woman who risks everything in order to find where she truly belongs.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312577902
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 259 p. ; 25 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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