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By Mona Simpson

Mona Simpson's first novels, Anywhere yet Here and The misplaced Father, gained her literary renown and a large following. Now, in her 3rd novel, the narrator Ann Atassi has been changed via a third-person narrator recounting the adventures of younger Jane di Natali, however the subject continues to be a similar: the hunt for, and the try to comprehend, the absent father.

This time the daddy is a millionaire biotechnology multi-millionaire named Tom Owens.  Into Owens's charmed existence comes Jane, born out of wedlock, raised in communes, and now dispatched into  his care by means of a mom who's now not in a position to offering it; Tom is much from prepared for this accountability. fanatics of Simpson's prior novels are not dissatisfied via this day trip into the cracked international of relatives relatives.

"Simpson is an attentive observer and a fluent stylist, however it is the portion of refined shock that attracts us via those pages, the magnetism of an unique brain that holds us fast."

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