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Halfway House by Katharine Noel
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bookshelves: read-in-2000s, fiction
Read in October, 2008 — I own a copy

Halfway House is the story of what happens to an "ordinary" family after the daughter develops a mental illness. (I say "ordinary," because I didn't find them that ordinary to begin with.) It's about how easily a seemingly perfect family unit can fall apart when one thing (albeit a big thing) changes. The writing is great; the descriptions are vivid and the characters do seem authentic. It felt like a world that had been percolating in someone's mind for a long time. Still... I never really found myself attaching to any of the characters. Everything seemed to be taking place at arm's length; there was a distance between reader and characters, rather than the immediacy one tends to expect with fiction. It felt like we (author and readers) were analyzing the characters rather than engaging with them.
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