Half a Reason to Die

Short Stories from a Journalist's Travels

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SelectBooks, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of Half a Reason to Die (April 2017; $16.95; ISBN: 978-1-59079-408-1) a collection of eight short stories by the acclaimed documentary filmmaker and photojournalist Chip Duncan. Though a work of fiction, the series of stories is drawn from real people, locations, and events that the narrator, a person with a background in journalism, has experienced.

This book harbors the stark and eerie realities around the world with stories that include: a German woman in exile confessing her loss of a lover from the early days of World War II to a piano prodigy entertaining a patient dying of cancer in a New York City hospital. Each story provides continental anecdotes of courage, humor, or even heartbreaking truth. Readers will get lost in each character’s stories through biting dialogue that reveal glimpses of the inner workings of these unique people.               

Chip Duncan is a gifted storyteller. His intriguing characters and heart-wrenching revelations make Half a Reason to Die a compelling read.

Kevin McCarey, Author of Islands Under Fire and Oceans Apart

The voices heard in Half a Reason to Die are weaved together by a journalist’s natural curiosity for a story and the collective, extraordinary voices of humanity. Duncan vividly adds to the immense illustrations—written and spoken—of the unique people we recall encountering in our own travels or everyday life.

“They’re unusual characters from a variety of places,” said Duncan, “and all are based on real-life events I’ve experienced along the way.”

Chip Duncan is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker with a penchant for overseas assignments. His professional journeys have taken him to many extraordinary lands, including documentary work extending from Peru to Afghanistan. His previous work includes the book Enough to Go Around: Searching for Hope in Afghanistan, Pakistan & Darfur as well as numerous films broadcast worldwide.

“Chip Duncan is a gifted storyteller. His intriguing characters and heart-wrenching revelations make Half a Reason to Die a compelling read,” said Kevin McCarey.

Source: SelectBooks, Inc.


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