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Congratulations to Lore Segal, whose brilliant satirical novel HALF THE KINGDOM appears today on Paperback Row in the New York Times Sunday Book Review.

A New York Times Notable Book of 2013, and now available in paperback, HALF THE KINGDOM (Melville House) is renowned New Yorker writer and Pulitzer Prize finalist Lore Segal’s hilarious, poignant, and profoundly moving portrait of life today—where terrorist paranoia and end-of-the-world hysteria mask deeper fears of mortality; where parents and their grown children vacillate between frustration and tenderness; and where a broken medical system leads one character to quip, “Kafka wrote slice-of-life fiction.”


“The novel’s comedy beats back the darkness.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Acerbic, compassionate, astonishingly keen, very funny.”
The Boston Globe

“Biting, irreverent.”
The Sunday Times (London)

“Extremely funny.”
The Wall Street Journal

“A masterwork … Both wise and deeply enjoyable.”
—Cynthia Ozick, author of Foreign Bodies

“Such a sense of toughness and humor … [Segal’s] writing is sad and funny, and that makes it more of both.”
—Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad