In the Half Light by Anthony Lawrence
A Novel

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With quiet optimism and a haunting poignancy, the award-winning poet Anthony Lawrence’s first novel explores the strange, sometimes marvelous, and entirely disorienting world of James Molloy. For however unexceptional James—an average student, a dutiful son—may appear to outsiders, he knows that he is different. He has visions, and in their eerie halflight two realities—the one that he lives in and the one that lives in him—collide, intermingle, coalesce. Sometimes out of the vibrant confusion inside his head come voices that glide from his mind into his mouth. Vision finds a language of its own. Alone, isolated by his difference, James faces a future without close companionship until the day that he meets Stephanie Riley, a sympathetic guide who leads him to unexpected truths, and then disappears. Driven to learn what lies at the center of his curious universe, James begins a heartrending journey that takes him from a tragic romantic interlude in rural Australia to the west coast of Ireland. There, even as he enters the emotionally turbulent world of Sarah Carmichael, a talented, hard-drinking fiddle player, James emerges into the clarity of self-awareness. And discovers at last the possibilities that lie in friendship, art, love, tomorrow.
 

About Anthony Lawrence

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Lawrence was born in Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia, in 1957. He has worked as a stockman, fisherman, truck driver, and teacher of English and drama.
 
Published January 1, 2000 by Picador. 384 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Inspired by a book about Ireland left for him by Stephanie, James sets off for the faraway island, where pub life and a new fiddler friend named Sarah give him fresh reason to live and some sense of normalcy.

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