QUESTIONS AND TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION
Miraflores has never known her father. She thought that when her pregnant mother left Panama and returned to the United States decades ago, her parents had cut all ties to each other. But when Miraflores discovers letters from her father buried in her mother’s desk drawer, she realizes that her father did want to know her—and that the love between her parents was greater than she had ever imagined. In secret, Mira plots a trip to Panama to search for the father she has never met, with the hope that reconnecting with him may unlock the secrets of her own past and help save her mother’s life.
What begins for Miraflores as a quest to reconnect with her father becomes a journey that will change the course of her life completely. In the maze of Panama City’s colorful streets, she discovers new ways of looking at her surroundings—and herself. In gorgeous, shimmering prose, The World in Half delivers the story of a young woman reconciling an existence between two cultures and confronting a life of hardship with an endless capacity to learn, love, and forgive.
ABOUT CRISTINA HENRIQUEZ
Cristina Henríquez is also the author of Come Together, Fall Apart: A Novella and Stories and The World In Half. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker, Glimmer Train, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, andAGNI, and her nonfiction 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. She earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Chicago.
What does Mira mean by this? Do you agree?