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Author Homes, A. M.

Title The mistress's daughter / A. M. Homes.

Published New York : Viking, 2007.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  362.734092 HOME    AVAILABLE
Physical description 238 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents Mistress's Daughter 3 -- Unpacking My Mother 109 -- Electronic Anthropologist 143 -- My Father's Ass 183 -- Like an Episode of L.A. Law 203 -- My Grandmother's Table 223.
Summary "A. M. Homes was given up for adoption before she was born. Her biological mother was a twenty-two-year-old single woman who was having an affair with a much older married man with children and a family of his own. The Mistress's Daughter is the story of what happened when, thirty years later, her birth parents came looking for her." "Homes, renowned for the psychological accuracy and emotional intensity of her storytelling, relates how her birth parents initially made contact with her and what happened afterward (including a harrowing account of her birth mother stalking her and appearing unannounced at a reading). She goes on to explore what she was able to reconstruct about their lives; who they had been and who they later became. Her birth mother, a complex and lonely woman who never married, dies in 1998; her birth father, who initially made overtures about inviting her into his family, never did." "Years after her birth mother's death, Homes is finally able to open the boxes of her personal effects. She had hoped to find her mother in those boxes, to know her secrets, but instead finds only the most ephemeral of debris, fragments of a life lived. Homes becomes obsessed with the family histories of both her biological and adoptive parents. She spends hours poring through newspaper archives and genealogical Web sites on an ersatz archaeological dig, hiring researchers to help uncover the hidden family narrative in a twenty-first century electronic search for self."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Homes, A. M.
Adopted children -- United States -- Biography.
Birthmothers -- United States.
ISBN 0670038385