The Mistress's Daughter

The Mistress's Daughter

A Memoir

Book - 2007
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The acclaimed writer 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 a family of his own. The Mistress's Daughter is the ruthlessly honest account of what happened when, thirty years later, her birth parents came looking for her. Homes relates how they initially made contact and what happened afterwards, and digs through the family history of both sets of her parents in a twenty-first-century electronic search for self. Daring, heartbreaking, and startlingly funny, Homes's memoir is a brave and profoundly moving consideration of identity and family.
Publisher: New York : Viking Penguin, 2007
ISBN: 9780670038381
0670038385
Branch Call Number: 362.734092 Homes
Characteristics: 238 p. : ill

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Feb 14, 2014

Read this after reading the OUTSTANDING novel May We Be Forgiven.

The author's story is full of ups and downs and confusing interactions with her birth parents but after a while, I wanted the ride to stop so I could disembark. It's like when you hear an actor/actress being interviewed and it ruins your idea of that person.

I will definitely be reading more AM Homes. May We Be Forgiven still resonates but sometimes, some memoirs take me down a tunnel of gloom that I'd rather save for fiction.

ontherideau Dec 16, 2012

This is a great story. Belonging and longing to belong- thought provoking on many levels.

geezr_rdr Jul 26, 2012

The book seems overly long for the material communicated. Maybe it should be retitled something like "Salvaged from a Bad Affair", to put the biological parents in a more accurate context. It is probably a better read for people impacted by adoption.

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