A. M. Homes The Mistress's Daughter

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The Mistress's Daughter

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On the day that Homes was born in 1961, she was given up for adoption. Her birth parents were a twenty-two year old woman and an older married man with whom she was having an affair. Thirty years later, out of the blue, Homes was contacted by a lawyer on behalf of her birth mother, and they began to correspond; her biological father contacted her soon after. These two individuals and their effect on the adult Homes are strange and unexpected, and the story spirals into something utterly raw and hilarious, heartbreaking and absurd. Along the way, Homes describes the clash between her childhood fantasies of her birth parents and the disappointing reality. She writes about the experience of experiencing biological resemblance for the first time, in "My Father's Ass", and the addictiveness of the genealogical research she embarks on. She reflects on the significance of DNA testing, and having two mothers and two fathers. She unearths profound truths about her family and herself. Finally, she writes very movingly about her own baby daughter, and the way she has recently helped to mend Homes' fractured life.

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AM Homes is the author of five novels, In a Country of Mothers, The End of Alice, Music for Torching and Jack, and two collections of short stories, The Safety of Objects and Things You Should Know, all published by Granta. She lives in New York City.

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A.M. Homes always knew she was adopted. When she was 31, her biological mother initiated contact with her, the daughter she gave away. Jane Adams gives an extraordinary performance, bringing to life the almost clinical objectivity Homes employs throughout the first two-thirds of this memoir as she reassesses her identity after her biological mother turns her life upside down. The final third of the book spirals downward into rage over her father's broken promise to invite her into his family. Adams puts all that anger into her performance. After 22 minutes of asking questions without answers in a voice that becomes more and more hate-filled, Adams leaves the listener exhausted and full of pity for all the players in this sad story. N.E.M © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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