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The Mistress's Daughter by A. M. Homes
The Mistress's Daughter refers to the author, novelist and short story writer A. M. Homes. She was given up for adoption at birth, and when she was 31, her birth parents came looking for her. Her mother was a young woman who had a long affair with an older, married man and gave birth when she was 22. Her mother was a needy woman, who after re-entering the author's life, stalked her at times, arriving unannounced at different public events. Her father was a narcissistic man who eventually turned his back on her again. By digging into both her birth and adoptive parents' backgrounds, A. M. Homes discovers how her past has shaped who she's become, and given her a better appreciation of those who do love her. The Mistress's Daughter has received mostly positive reviews with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch saying, "Written in the sparse, evocative style that has earned her a place among the vanguard of top fictional narrators, The Mistress's Daughter is an absorbing account of Homes' struggle to understand who, at multiple levels, she is."