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The mistress's daughter

Author: A M Homes; Jane Adams
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, ℗2007.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
Biography
Named Person: A M Homes; A M Homes
Material Type: Biography, Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: A M Homes; Jane Adams
ISBN: 9780143141839 014314183X
OCLC Number: 122260986
Notes: Unabridged.
Compact discs.
Performer(s): Read by Jane Adams.
Description: 5 audio discs (approximately 5 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Responsibility: A.M. Homes.

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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."--Publisher's web site.

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