A New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2013

Renowned New Yorker writer Lore Segal’s HALF THE KINGDOM is a brilliant dark comedy about life, death, and growing old in post-9/11 America—a place where terrorist paranoia and end-of-the-world hysteria mask deeper fears about mortality; a place where a broken medical system leads one character to quip, “Kafka wrote slice-of-life fiction.”

HALF THE KINGDOM brings a deep appreciation for the absurd to the buoyant black humor that has become Segal’s signature—not without the tenderness, wit, and searing honesty that led the New York Times to proclaim that she “may have come closer than anyone to writing the Great American Novel.”


Lore Segal is the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist SHAKESPEARE’S KITCHEN, as well as the novels LUCINELLA, OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES, and HER FIRST AMERICAN. Segal has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, two PEN/O. Henry Awards, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award, a fellowship at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  A recognized author of children’s books, Segal has also written for The New YorkerThe New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, and Harper’s, among others.