The Mistress's Daughter

The Mistress's Daughter

Audiobook CD - 2007
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"In her critically acclaimed novels and short stories, A.M. Homes has proved herself as one of this generation's most fearless authors. Now, in her latest work, The Mistress's Daughter, Homes moves from fiction to fact, shifting the focus to her own life and the families--biological and adoptive--who have shaped it. Applying the withering honesty and wicked wit for which she is known and celebrated, Homes tackles issues of identity and personal history from a fresh perspective, using her two sets of parents to illustrate the age-old debate of nature versus nurture. A.M. Homes was put up for adoption before she was born. Thirty years later, she was contacted by her birth mother, and Homes's childhood fantasies about who that woman might be were revived--only to be dashed by meeting her in person. Rather than the beautiful, capable goddess Homes had dreamed of, her mother proves to be a complicated, unsettling woman who demands too much, too soon; who fails to respect Homes's personal boundaries; and who requires mothering rather than providing it. Homes's biological father, meanwhile, treats his relationship with his daughter much like the illicit affair that created her, promising much but delivering little. Homes alternately pulls toward and away from her newfound parents, wanting something from this "new" family yet unsure exactly what and uncertain as to how it would fit with the family she calls her own. In this way, the author explores the confounding nature of heredity--as much as she feels alienated from her birth parents, she in equal measure recognizes herself in their tics, mannerisms, and physical characteristics. Ultimately, Homes moves beyond both her biological and adoptive parents, widening her net of family by looking back into her genealogical history and looking to the future in the form of her baby daughter. It is in this extended family picture that she finally finds her peace." -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, p2007.
ISBN: 9780143141839
014314183X
Branch Call Number: CD B/HOMES
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (ca. 5 1/2 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Adams, Jane

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Nov 02, 2013

I lost patience with all of the author's recriminations against her birth father given the fact that she only willingly met with her birth mother on one occasion - in its way, an eloquent demonstration of how conflicted we can get about family relationships.

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