A Coming-of-Age Memoir of Forbidden Love
by Felice Cohen
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Pub Date 10 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 06 Oct 2022
What if your first love was a forbidden one?
At twenty-three, Felice Cohen was, like other recent college grads, hesitant about entering the real world, with the added stress of coming out in the early nineties. Focused on how to land a full-time position as a writer, falling in love was the last thing on her mind.
But fall in love she did. With her boss, a woman thirty-four years older.
Felice and Sarah embarked on a high-stakes, year-long love affair. Addicted to the high of first love, Felice was enthralled by Sarah’s attention and content to hide their love in the shadows. Sarah, meanwhile, threw caution to the wind, risking her comfortably established life that included a prestigious job and long-term girlfriend. Though not perfect, it was enough.
That was until their secret was exposed, forcing Felice to publicly acknowledge their illicit love or start a new life for herself. Felice chose to walk away.
In this candid coming-of-age memoir—as compelling as a novel—Felice chronicles the happiness and heartbreak of an age-gap love affair while struggling to figure out the direction of her future. Ultimately, this is a story about navigating life’s unpredictable path while following one’s heart, and finding acceptance.
"Half In is ever tempting. But the only way to live is all in, pedal to the metal. Felice Cohen's journey is full of potholes, bumps, sharp curves but she makes it home." --Rita Mae Brown, author of Rubyfruit Jungle
"Felice keeps it real in “Half In.” She shares her struggles. She shares her thoughts. She shares the intimate moments that she shared with Sarah and other lovers. She shares her truth. She shares her journey of maturity. She does it in an entertaining light that most readers will come to appreciate." --Reader Views
"Half In by Felice Cohen is both poignant and witty. Felice beautifully captures the angst she experienced growing into the person she was meant to become, helping us understand how our experiences, relationships, and connections shape us in ways we often don’t realize until we are much older. Half In is a touching love story, coming-of-age story, coming out story, and growing up story that made me laugh and cry. I couldn’t put it down and strongly recommend you pick it up. I’m all in with Half In.” --Lucy J. Madison, author of Personal Foul
"Filled with sparkling conversations and haunting encounters, this page-turner seeks to enlighten as well as pay tribute to a once in a lifetime love." --Booklife
"Half In is a top recommendation not just for LGBTQ collections, but any library strong in either coming-of-age stories or memoirs about age-disparate love.” --D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
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