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August 28 , 2007

Half Life


On the morning that changes everything, Aruna Ahmed Jones walks out of her ground-floor Victorian apartment in London wearing only jeans and a t-shirt, carrying nothing more substantial than a handbag, and keeps on walking. Leaving behind the handsome Dr. Patrick Jones, her husband of less than a year, Aruna heads to Heathrow, where she boards a plane bound for Singapore and her old life. Educated and beautiful, Aruna has a desperate need to risk it all. But why? Waiting for her is a messy past and a perfect past lover she had once abandoned without even saying goodbye – a story left unfinished – until now.

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習近平反腐是一場複雜運作,其動機既有通過反腐得民心、改形象的好的一面,也有鞏固權力、剷除異己的權鬥因素。對於官場而言,眾多貪官落馬,等於空出眾多職位,給了很多急待上位者的機會,也給了習近平建立自己團隊的機會,所謂打擊老朋黨,建立新團隊。     然而,習近平權力缺口之大、之多,可能是前所未有的,因為幾十年下來,中共已經膨脹為全世界最龐大、最富有的政權。現在,這個政權的各個系統,大都由貪官、庸官,尤其是江澤民、胡錦濤的舊臣所把持。習近平在浙江、福建的部屬,清華同窗、少年髮小、太子同黨,級別多數不夠直掌一方,而只能在各個部門當個副職,這種狀況,尤其在組織、宣傳、軍隊、財經系統暴露明顯。    …

Aruna is not running away from home, she is running back to the home she always had, before it became impossible for her to stay. Before her father, the only family she'd ever known, passed away. Before she tried, and failed, to create a life and a family with her best friend and lover, Jazz. Before her doctor delivered a complicated psychological diagnosis she'd rather forget. After years of fleeing the ghosts that continue to haunt her, Aruna is about to discover that running away is really the easy part; it is coming home—making peace with her past, with Jazz and those they have loved—that is hard. Spanning the world from London to Singapore to India and back again, Half Life is a richly layered tale of love and conflict, friendship and sacrifice, the luminous story of a young woman who risks everything in order to find where she truly belongs.

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Date release: April 27, 2010

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