Episode 6: The Half Brother by Holly LeCraw
The Half Brother begins when Charlie Garrett, Atlanta native and recent Harvard grad, takes a job teaching English at the Abbott School, a boarding school in north-central Massachusetts. He embarks on a love affair with the chaplain's daughter, May, which he abruptly terminates when his mother reveals to him a secret from his past. A few years later, May returns to teach at Abbott, at the same time that Charlie's half-brother, Nick, takes a position there as well. Nick is seemingly perfect: handsome, brilliant, self-sacrificing, a warrior for social justice. But like everyone else in the novel, he has secrets of his own.
Holly LeCraw tells us what secrets she knew at the start and what surprised her in the writing, why she initially resisted her ending, and why she fundamentally sees this as a book about identity.