Dale Neal, North Carolina native and resident of Asheville, will be presenting his new novel The Half-Life of Home at City Lights on Friday April 19 at 7:00 p.m. Ron Rash, author of Serena and The Cove, says of the novel, “This profoundly moving, elegiac, novel gives full voice to a lost place and, in its way, a lost culture. The Half-Life of Home is a book readers will find hard to forget.” Dale Neal is the winner of the 2009 Novello Literary Prize. His short fiction and essays have appeared in Arts and Letters, Carolina Quarterly, Marlboro Review, and Crescent Review as well as other literary journals. He is also a prize-winning writer for the Asheville Citizen-Times. “The book is about digging into family secrets, not knowing what you might discover” says Neal of his novel.