The Half-Life of Home 

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Real estate appraiser Royce Wilder is struggling. He’s grown away from his wife and teenage son and is thinking about selling the family farm — no easy task for a man who collects antiques because it’s hard for him to forget the past. Against this backdrop, radon gas seems to permeate the ground of his ancestors along with a crazy woman neighbor. The novel explores themes of family ties and secrets and the changing landscape of rural communities. Best-selling author Ron Rash says, “This profoundly moving, elegiac novel gives full voice to a lost place and, in its way, a lost culture. The ‘Half-Life of Home’ is a book readers will find hard to forget.” Novelist Robert Morgan describes the story as one of “intense bonds of family and community in a time of wrenching change, environmental threat.” Morgan, author of “The Road From Gap Creek,” says, “Told in a voice both authentic and enthralling, with vivid and knowing detail, the novel is part lament, part celebration, by turns painful and inspiring, and real as the morning sun.”

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