The Half-Life of Home by Dale Neal
The Half-Life of Home delves into the hard choice between saving your family or losing your land. Real estate appraiser Royce Wilder is struggling to rekindle his marriage and his relationship with his estranged teenage son. He is thinking about selling the family farm — no easy choice for a man who collects antiques because he can’t forget the past haunted by a crazy woman neighbor. But radioactive gas seeps from his birthplace, driving down prices and raising the stakes. Royce must unearth long-buried family secrets in an Appalachian community under threat in an always changing world.
Dale Neal is the author of the novels The Half-Life of Home and Cow Across America, winner of the 2009 Novello Literary Prize. His short fiction and essays have appeared in dozens of literary journals including Carolina Quarterly, Marlboro Review, and the Crescent Review. A graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, he has been awarded writing fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Hambidge Center, and the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland. He is also an award-winning journalist for the Asheville Citizen-Times. The North Carolina native resides in Asheville with his wife and dogs.