The acclaimed writer A. M. Homes was given up for adoption before she was born. Her biological mother was a twenty-two-year-old single woman who was having an affair with a much older married man with a family of his own. The Mistress’s Daughter is the ruthlessly honest account of what happened when, thirty years later, her birth parents came looking for her. Homes relates how they initially made contact and what happened afterwards, and digs through the family history of both sets of her parents in a twenty-first-century electronic search for self. Daring, heartbreaking, and startlingly funny, Homes’s memoir is a brave and profoundly moving consideration of identity and family.
Novelist A.M. Homes' mother was a troubled young woman in a secret affair with an older married man. When Homes was born, they promptly put her up for adoption. At 31, her biological parents re-materialized in her life, making belated attempts to reunite and form familial bonds. However everything about their relationships is skewed and strange: her parents give her presents fit for a child, her father meets her in illicit hotels as if they are reenacting the affair, Homes stalks her father's house seeking glimpses of her siblings, and her mother dies shortly after reappearing in Homes' life. In the end, this book is about striving, not solutions, about the confusion of identity and the illusiveness of love. Written with the same barely restrained fury and madness as her novels, A.M. Homes' memoir THE MISTRESS'S DAUGHTER grasps for meaning and catharsis and comes up tantalizingly short.
About the Author
A. M. Homes is the author of numerous novels and short-story collections. Her many awards include Guggenheim and NEA fellowships. She is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and has written for The New Yorker, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, and The New York Times.