Halfway House

Halfway House Cover

Halfway House

By Katharine Noel

Grove/Atlantic, Paperback, 9780802142917, 367pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2007

One day, Angie Voorsterdiligent student, all-star swimmer and ivy-league bound high school seniordives to the bottom of a pool and stays there. In that moment, everything the Voorster family believes they know about each other changes. Katharine Noel's extraordinary debut illuminates the fault lines in one family's relationships, as well as the complex emotional ties that bind them together.
With grace and precision rarely seen in a first novel, Noel guides her reader through a world where love is imperfect, and where longing for an imagined ideal can both destroy one family's happiness and offer them redemption. "Halfway House" introduces a powerful, eloquent new literary voice.

About the Author
Katharine Noel is a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, where she formerly held a Stegner Fellowship. Previously, Noel lived and worked for two years on a farm with a group of adults with mental illnesses. She currently lives in San Francisco, where she is at work on her second novel.