The Secret of M. Dulong: A Memoir (Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography)

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    A search for roots and identity has rarely been captured with such irony, unusual insight, and surprising humor as in this memoir of heartbreak and hope. Today a distinguished American poet, Colette Inez first came to the United States when she was eight years old, as an apparent Belgian orphan escorted by two complete strangers. Growing up in post–World War II America, a stranger to her own past, she survived a harrowing adolescence and an increasingly menacing, abusive adoptive family by learning to define her single solace: a developing passion for literature.    Facing possible deportation in the 1950s, Inez set out to prove her claim to U.S. citizenship. The result, as she recounts in this eloquent, wrenching memoir, would span two continents, a trail of discovery, and a buried secret: one that ultimately allowed Inez to reconcile her past and present and finally come of age as an artist.

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Colette Inez is associate professor in the writing program at Columbia University. Her nine books of poetry include The Woman Who Loved Worms, Alive and Taking Names, Clemency, and Spinoza Doesn’t Come Here Anymore. Inez is the recipient of numerous awards and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations and twice from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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This memoir tells the elemental foundling drama about the search for home. Abandoned as an infant at a strict Belgian Catholic institution, Colette, 8, is adopted by a childless American couple in 1938 and brought across the sea to try and fix their failing marriage. It does not work, and when her adoptive mother dies and the husband remarries, the next stepmother is as brutal and abusive as those in any fairy tale. Inez grows up to be a successful poet and writing professor, and a happy wife, but always she is obsessed with finding her real parents--and finally she does. Although the writing is clear, this may be too long and detailed for many readers; but the family secrets and surprising revelations make it great material for writing classes. What is best is the lack of sentimentality and melodrama. There are no heartfelt embraces, only honesty about the discovery of who she is and what family means. Hazel Rochman
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