Darin Strauss’ Half a Life, the true story of how one outing in his father’s Oldsmobile resulted in the death of a classmate and the beginning of a different, darker life for the author. We follow Strauss as he explores his startling past—collision, funeral, the queasy drama of a high-stakes court case—and what starts as a personal tale of a tragic event opens into the story of how to live with a very hard fact: we can try our human best in the crucial moment, and it might not be good enough. Half a Life is a nakedly honest, ultimately hopeful examination of guilt, responsibility, and living with the past.
This past weekend I was listening to Darin on This American Life . It was a very touching story. He spoke about what it's like to live with being the cause of someone's death - despite the fact that everyone agreed that he couldn't have avoided hitting the bicyclist. Even the police stated that it wasn't his fault. -N