My Mother's Lovers (Western Literature Series)

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Lake Rose Davis is the only child of former hippies who settled in a small Idaho mill town in the late 1960s. Her parents' eccentric lifestyle makes Lake an outcast among the children of the town, and the unspoken tensions among the adults of her parents' social universe puzzle and disturb her. She ponders over her mother's infidelities and the mysterious resentment between her mother and her grandparents far away in St. Louis, and between her mother and her aunt, a conventional career woman relentlessly in search of love.

As a teenager, Lake joins her grandparents in Missouri and spends her youth seeking answers to her questions about the past, trying to understand the complex pattern of betrayals that shaped it. Only when she herself becomes party to a betrayal as devastating as any committed by her mother does Lake begin to understand.

Passanante writes with a keen eye for the details of behavior that reveal the yearnings and fears beneath the surface. She shows us that the path to understanding is never a smooth one, and that love is often far more complex than we can imagine. Western Literature Series.

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Joy Passananteis theAssociate Director of Creative Writingat the University of Idaho. Her poems, essays, and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and she has won several awards for fiction, poetry, and script writing including two fellowships and a grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Her stories and essays have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes four times."My Mother's Lovers"was a finalist for the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award for best fiction in 2002 and for the Idaho Book of the Year."

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Poet, short story writer and essayist Passanante brings strengths honed in other genres to her first novel, about a girl who absorbs the betrayals and secrets of the adults in her life and then adds to these a few of her own. Lake Rose Davis lives in Idaho with her parents, forming a trio of outsiders: 13-year-old Lake is precocious but lonely; her hippie parents, Mimi and Kirk, are out of place in their conservative town. Rather than banding together, each retreats into a separate world. The star of the novel is Lake's mother, Mimi, an extravagantly narcissistic painter whose closest relationships are with Dyl, her oldest friend, and Graceanne, a Native American woman who works in a local beauty parlor. In a series of discomfiting revelations, Lake discovers herself by learning the truth about Mimi, whose exhibitionism hides as much as it reveals. A year later, when Lake becomes gravely ill, she is sent to St. Louis, where she is cared for by grandparents she has never met, then moves in with her flamboyant Aunt DeeDee. Although when she was younger she thought of DeeDee as "a beacon lighting the way out of [her] lonely life," their relationship becomes strained; they even find themselves in competition for the attentions of the same man. Passanante has a gift for rendering the most shattering events with subtlety and ambiguity though the latter at times gets the better of the plot but while the narrative is not always easy to follow, it's worth the effort.
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