Sunday, August 17, 2008

Book Review: The Mistress's Daughter by A.M. Homes

A.M. Homes, at age 31, is contacted by her biological mother's attorney with a simple message - I'm your mother, I want to meet you, contact me. Homes does eventually contact her biological mother as well as her biological father. Unsure of her parents' intentions and her own expectations, Homes asks for nothing more than the information she has grown up without - her history, her culture, her people. But, without warning, Homes finds that her parents', each still very dysfunctional, demand more from her than she can give. Her mother: very needy. Her father: very selfish. It is from this place that Homes must begin her journey of self discovery. My advice: Read only the first part of the memoir (1st Half Rating = A-). If you decide to read it all, don't say you weren't warned (Second Half Rating = D).

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