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Half Light, by Tayari Jones

eurydiceh's review

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5.0

Amelia and Camelia are identical twins who are nothing alike. However, they come together to steal back a painting from Amelia’s ex-husband. It’s in the taking back of this treasured item, that the two begin to understand each other better.

I enjoy Tayari Jones as an author, but I really like the mildness of the drama in this story. Don’t get me wrong, it was absolutely wonderful, but Jones has always been one to deliver gut punches that I’m not always sure I can handle.

I liked this though. I liked that this story is essentially a slice of life that could all go to shit tomorrow. There’s nothing to say that Amelia’s ex won’t come looking for that painting, or press charges. I like that we end on a happy note.

I recommend this to anyone who likes a good story, or loves Tayari Jones.

mitabird's review

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funny lighthearted reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

suvata's review

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4.0

1.5 hour fiction break compliments of Audible Original

lynnebolduc's review

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2.0

I wanted to sample Tayari Jones without committing to a novel and this novella did the trick. She did a great job of telling a mostly complete story in a short amount of time. I had a good understanding of the two main characters, but a character pops up at the end who seemed out of place with no back story. I particularly liked the shadowy glimpse of the twins' mother's exotic experience before they were born. Mildly entertaining quick read.

hchristmas's review

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adventurous dark emotional funny fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

blackhermione's review

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4.0

Very good, but so short! I wanted a whole novel, I need to get used to short stories again.

sandaru's review

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emotional funny inspiring lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

onajourney's review

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emotional hopeful sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

barrod221's review

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3.0

well done short form story

kylie27's review

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funny lighthearted reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0