The Half You Don't Know

This collection of stories selected from ONE WAY OR ANOTHER and FAR-FLUNG also includes two previously uncollected stories: Departing, first published in The Yale Review and the basis for the novel THE WEEKEND, and Aria, also published in The Yale Review.

THE HALF YOU DON'T KNOW was published by Plume in 1998, and is now out of print.


A complete list of stories published in magazines and journals, 1983 to the present:


Memorial Day, The New Yorker, May 30, 1983

Grounded, The New Yorker, November 21, 1983

Archeology, Grand Street, Spring 1984

Homework, The New Yorker, May 7, 1984

Melissa & Henry – September 10, 1983, The New Yorker, June 18, 1984

Fast Forward, The New Yorker, February 4, 1985

Practically Engaged (retitled Heathen and Nuptials), Mademoiselle, March 1985

Fear of Math, The New Yorker, March 11, 1985

Excerpts from Swan Lake, The Kenyon Review, Spring 1985

The Next Best Thing to Happy (retitled The Last Possible Moment), Mademoiselle, June 1985

Jump or Dive, The New Yorker, June 17, 1985

Odd Jobs, The New Yorker, January 20, 1986

Point of View (retitled Not the Point), The Mississippi Review, Spring/​Summer 1986

The Secret Dog, The Kenyon Review, Fall 1987

Freddie’s Haircut, The Kenyon Review, Winter 1987

The Café Hysteria, The Quarterly (Q), Winter 1987

Why I Live Where I Live (retitled Just Relax), Rolling Stone, July 16-30, 1987

Slowly, The New Yorker, January 18, 1988

The Middle of Everything, The Paris Review, Summer 1989

The Near Future, Columbia, 1990

The Winter Baazar, The New Yorker, February 5, 1990

The Half You Don’t Know, Bostonia, March/​April 1991

The Meeting and Greeting Area, The Antioch Review, Summer 1991

Departing, The Yale Review, January 1994

Aria, The Yale Review, April 1995

Accidents, The Yale Review, July 1999

Beginning with the Letter, New England Review, Winter 2002

My Mother's Third Honeymoon, nerve.com, Fall 2004

My Father's First Eye Job, nerve.com, Summer 2005

The Abridged Versions, The Yale Review, July 2006

The End of My Life in New York, Subtropics, Winter/​Spring 2009

Hearsay, The Yale Review, April 2010