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    Anyone but me read the personal history by A.M. Holmes, 'The Mistress's
    Daughter' in the current New Yorker? I loved it.

    As I was reading it, I totally thought 'This is what I've been missing,
    being away from alt.a for so long!' but then I googled Holmes' name in
    this group and couldn't find anything.

    So maybe she's posted/is posting here, but under a different name? I'd
    like to think so. Her story reminds me of some of the better ones I've
    heard, and some of the better discussions I've been a part of here and
    in real life with people from here (not better as in 'positive outcome',
    better as in well said and smart).

    Her article is very well written and has a few phrases and paragraphs
    that really struck me as incredibly insightful (I can go into more
    detail if anyone's interested). To me it wasn't at all treacly and
    surely not woundy, which is of course great in my opinion. I really
    hope to read more by her.

    If any of you have this magazine (or can grab a copy over this week or
    so) I'd love to hear what you think.

    Tina.

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    Default New Yorker (Dec. 20 & 27), personal history

    >Subject: New Yorker (Dec. 20 & 27), personal history
    From: Tina Petrone itstinasmail@yahoo.comDate: 12/23/2004 10:47 PM Mountain Standard TimeMessage-id: <itstinasmail-D0D4C0.00511024122004@newsclstr01.news.prodigy.com >Anyone but me read the personal history by A.M. Holmes, 'The Mistress'sDaughter' in the current New Yorker? I loved it.
    Ron posted a great bit about it a day or so ago. Still waiting for my copy.
    I'll let you know!


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    Default New Yorker (Dec. 20 & 27), personal history

    A. M. Homes (no "l") is a writer, her novel "The End of Alice" stirred a
    big controversy a few years ago as a first person account of a
    murderer/pedophile. She's most renowned as a short story writer.

    She's definitely got a way with words, "Adoptees are adaptees..."

    I liked her narrative, it was unsentimental and incisive.

    Ron

    Tina Petrone wrote:
    Anyone but me read the personal history by A.M. Holmes, 'The Mistress'sDaughter' in the current New Yorker? I loved it.As I was reading it, I totally thought 'This is what I've been missing,being away from alt.a for so long!' but then I googled Holmes' name inthis group and couldn't find anything.So maybe she's posted/is posting here, but under a different name? I'dlike to think so. Her story reminds me of some of the better ones I'veheard, and some of the better discussions I've been a part of here andin real life with people from here (not better as in 'positive outcome',better as in well said and smart).Her article is very well written and has a few phrases and paragraphsthat really struck me as incredibly insightful (I can go into moredetail if anyone's interested). To me it wasn't at all treacly andsurely not woundy, which is of course great in my opinion. I reallyhope to read more by her.If any of you have this magazine (or can grab a copy over this week orso) I'd love to hear what you think.Tina.

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    Default New Yorker (Dec. 20 & 27), personal history

    In article <20041225004754.06333.00002131@mb-m18.aol.com>,
    lilmtncbn@aol.com (LilMtnCbn) wrote:
    Ron posted a great bit about it a day or so ago. Still waiting for my copy. I'll let you know!
    I'd love to read what he wrote, but it's still not coming up for me if I
    search through Google (even without making a typo!</blush>). Do you
    remember the name of the thread?

    Tina.

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    Default New Yorker (Dec. 20 & 27), personal history

    Here's what I wrote:

    There is a really well written article by A. M. Homes, author of "The
    End of Alice" and "The Importance of Objects" [it's actually "The
    significance 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...


    Tina Petrone wrote:
    In article <20041225004754.06333.00002131@mb-m18.aol.com>, lilmtncbn@aol.com (LilMtnCbn) wrote:
    Ron posted a great bit about it a day or so ago. Still waiting for my copy.I'll let you know!
    I'd love to read what he wrote, but it's still not coming up for me if Isearch through Google (even without making a typo!</blush>). Do youremember the name of the thread?Tina.

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