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The Mistress's Daughter

by A.M. (Y) Homes

The Mistress's Daughter Synopsis

On the day that A. M. 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 and unearths profound truths about her family and herself. Finally, she writes movingly about her own baby daughter and the way she has recently helped to mend Homes' fractured life.

The Mistress's Daughter Press Reviews

A compelling, devastating, and furiously good book written with an honesty few of us would risk. -Zadie Smith Fierce and eloquent. - The New York Times Book Review As startling and riveting as her fiction . . . a lacerating memoir in which the formerly powerless child triumphs with the help of a mighty pen. - San Francisco Chronicle Rich in humanity and humor . . . Homes combines an unfussy candor with a deliciously droll, quirky wit. . . . Her energy and urgency become infectious. - USA Today I fell in love with it from the first page and read compulsively to the end. -Amy Tan As a memoirist, A. M. Homes takes a characteristically fierce and fearless approach. And she has a whopper of a personal story to tell. - Chicago Tribune aA compelling, devastating, and furiously good book written with an honesty few of us would risk.a aZadie Smith aFierce and eloquent.a a The New York Times Book Review aAs startling and riveting as her fiction . . . a lacerating memoir in which the formerly powerless child triumphs with the help of a mighty pen.a a San Francisco Chronicle aRich in humanity and humor . . . Homes combines an unfussy candor with a deliciously droll, quirky wit. . . . Her energy and urgency become infectious.a a USA Today aI fell in love with it from the first page and read compulsively to the end.a aAmy Tan aAs a memoirist, A. M. Homes takes a characteristically fierce and fearless approach. And she has a whopper of a personal story to tell.a a Chicago Tribune A compelling, devastating, and furiously good book written with an honesty few of us would risk. Zadie Smith Fierce and eloquent. The New York Times Book Review As startling and riveting as her fiction . . . a lacerating memoir in which the formerly powerless child triumphs with the help of a mighty pen. San Francisco Chronicle Rich in humanity and humor . . . Homes combines an unfussy candor with a deliciously droll, quirky wit. . . . Her energy and urgency become infectious. USA Today I fell in love with it from the first page and read compulsively to the end. Amy Tan As a memoirist, A. M. Homes takes a characteristically fierce and fearless approach. And she has a whopper of a personal story to tell. Chicago Tribune

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847080110
Publication date: 2nd June 2008
Author: A.M. (Y) Homes
Publisher: Granta Books
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 260 pages
Categories: Autobiography: literary, Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literary studies: from c 1900 -,

About A.M. (Y) Homes

A. M. Homes is the author of the novels,This Book Will Save Your Life, Music for Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers and Jack, and two collections of short stories, Things You Should Know and The Safety of Objects and the highly acclaimed memoir, The Mistress's Daughter, as well as the travel memoir, Los Angeles: People, Places and the Castle on the Hill. She is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and writes frequently on arts and culture for numerous magazines and newspapers. She lives in New York City.

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