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    Default Author A. M. Homes Reunion story in the Dec. 20 New Yorker

    There is a really well written article by A. M. Homes, author of "The
    End of Alice" and "The Importance of Objects", in the December 20 & 27
    issue of the New Yorker about her reunion(s) with her birth mother and
    birthfather. Her narrative really captures the ambiguous jig saw puzzle
    of identity created by pieces dependent on the memories, and sometime
    memory lapses, of others. Her mother ends up wanting A. M. to adopt her,
    her birthfather treats her like the mistress her birthmother was thirty
    years ago (he insists on meeting her in hotel coffee shops and having
    her call his car phone so his wife won't find out). Initially worried
    when her birthmother explains that her grandfather died of a heart
    attack in his early forties, she is only slightly relieved when her
    birthfather tells her that her grandfather was an infamous Washington DC
    gambler ("He was the White House's bookie") who was killed in a shoot out.
    A pleasant antidote to Who's Your Daddy...


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    Default Author A. M. Homes Reunion story in the Dec. 20 New Yorker

    >Subject: Author A. M. Homes Reunion story in the Dec. 20 New Yorker
    From: Ron Morgan rhyzome1@earthlink.netDate: 12/19/2004 10:27 PM Mountain Standard TimeMessage-id: <41C662CF.4020707@earthlink.net>There is a really well written article by A. M. Homes, author of "TheEnd of Alice" and "The Importance of Objects", in the December 20 & 27issue of the New Yorker about her reunion(s) with her birth mother andbirthfather. Her narrative really captures the ambiguous jig saw puzzleof identity created by pieces dependent on the memories, and sometimememory lapses, of others. Her mother ends up wanting A. M. to adopt her,her birthfather treats her like the mistress her birthmother was thirtyyears ago (he insists on meeting her in hotel coffee shops and havingher call his car phone so his wife won't find out). Initially worriedwhen her birthmother explains that her grandfather died of a heartattack in his early forties, she is only slightly relieved when herbirthfather tells her that her grandfather was an infamous Washington DCgambler ("He was the White House's bookie") who was killed in a shoot out.A pleasant antidote to Who's Your Daddy...
    Thanks Ron. I can't wait!


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