Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. The hardcover publication (1995) of this "spare, poignant" memoir (Time) resulted in the arrest of a child molester and the headline: "Author's Writing on Abuse Brings New Victims Forward." Our 20th Anniversary Edition features a new introduction by Louise DeSalvo—author of Writing as a Way of Healing—contextualizing the events this book set in motion, the cries for help Hoffman received from men across the country, and the talk he had with an 11-year-old boy who thanked him "for making it stop." HALF THE HOUSE, an unflinching autobiography about a blue-collar family struggling to care for two terminally ill children as the third child, the author, is subjected at age 10 to sexual abuse by his coach, is also a moving work of literature and a testament to the healing power of truthtelling. It "offers heartening evidence... of the human capacity to endure and prevail" (Washington Post).
Richard Hoffman is author of the poetry collections Without Paradise, GOLD STAR ROAD (Barrow Street Press, 2007), EMBLEM (Barrow Street Press, 2011), and NOON UNTIL NIGHT (Barrow Street Press, 2017); the memoirs Love & Fury and HALF THE HOUSE (New Rivers Press, 2015); and the short story collection Interference and Other Stories. He is Senior Writer in Residence at Emerson College, in Boston. Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA