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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,109 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: A. M. Homes Narrator: Scott Brick, Jane Adams Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Before A. M. Homes was born, she was put up for adoption. Her birth mother was a twenty-two-year-old single woman who was having an affair with a much older married man with children 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, tells how her birth parents initially made contact with her and what happened afterward (her mother stalked her and appeared unannounced at a reading) and what she was able to reconstruct about the story of their lives and families. Her birth mother, a complex and lonely woman, never married or had another child, and she died of kidney failure in 1998. Her birth father, who initially made overtures about inviting her into his family, never did.

The story then jumps forward several years, to when Homes opens the boxes of her mother’s memorabilia. She had hoped to find her mother in those boxes, to know her secrets, but no relief came. She became increasingly obsessed with finding out as much as she could about all four parents and their families, even hiring researchers and spending hours poring through newspaper morgues, municipal archives, and genealogical Web sites.

This brave, daring, and funny book is a story about what it means to be adopted, but it is also about identity and how all of us define our sense of self and family.                                          

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heather Poole | 2/20/2014

    " This book is about one woman's struggle to find herself. She was adopted as a baby and grew up with a family that loved her, but she never quite felt like she belonged. At the age of 30 her biological mother comes back into her life. Soon after she finds her father. Things don't go as well as one might hope. The beginning was great. Couldn't put it down. The second half of the book kind of lost me. The author goes on a hunt to find past relatives as her need to discover who she is continues to grow. The book picks up again at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Simay | 1/31/2014

    " A.M. Homes is one of my favorites, and this book was a great glimpse into her looking for where she's come from. Full review soon. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Stephanie | 1/24/2014

    " thank goodness it took me less than 1 night to read this book ... anymore time and I would have been mad at the wasted time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marion | 1/20/2014

    " I found the first part of this book very challenging to read. A.M. Homes's description of always feeling like she didn't belong and didn't know her identity (due to her adoption) was very powerful - and made me very sad. I learned a lot from her book and her story. "

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