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 by means of a third-person narrator recounting the adventures of younger Jane di Natali, however the subject continues to be an identical: the hunt for, and the try and comprehend, the absent father.
This time the daddy is a millionaire biotechnology rich person named Tom Owens. Into Owens's charmed lifestyles comes Jane, born out of wedlock, raised in communes, and now dispatched into his care through a mom who's now not able to offering it; Tom is much from prepared for this accountability. lovers of Simpson's prior novels aren't dissatisfied via this day trip into the cracked global of kin family.
"Simpson is an attentive observer and a fluent stylist, however it is the component of sophisticated shock that pulls us via those pages, the magnetism of an unique brain that holds us fast."
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A Regular Guy : A Novel by Mona Simpson