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The World in Half

Cristina Henriquez


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May 2009 Indie Next List

“College-age Miraflores Reid grew up believing that her Panamanian father had not wanted her, but when her mother begins to suffer from dementia Miraflores secretly travels from Chicago to Panama to discover his story, and her own. The unfolding of the past -- and its effect on her -- is beautifully told in The World in Half.”
— Ellen Sandmeyer, Sandmeyer's Bookstore, Chicago, IL
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The "beautiful" (Chicago Sun-Times) novel from the prizewinning author of Come Together, Fall Apart

Miraflores never knew her father, and never thought he wanted to know her. But when she returns to the Chicago suburb where she grew up to care for her ailing mother, she discovers that her mother and father were greatly in love, and that her father had wanted a daughter more than she could have imagined. Now, Miraflores secretly plots a trip to Panama, in search of the man she hopes can heal her mother-and who can help her find the pieces of her own identity. What she finds is unexpected, exhilarating, and holds the power to change the course of her life.

Riverhead Books, 9781594484391, 320pp.

Publication Date: February 2, 2010

About the Author

Cristina Henríquez is the author of Come Together, Fall Apart: A Novella and Stories and the forthcoming novel The World In Half. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker, Glimmer Train, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, and AGNI, and her non-fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Oxford American, and Preservation. She was featured in Virginia Quarterly Review as one of "Fiction's New Luminaries," and is a recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award, a grant started by Sandra Cisneros in honor of her father.

She earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She lives with her husband in Chicago.