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Simpson ( Anywhere but Here ) continues to chronicle the life of her first novel's protagonist, who here searches from Egypt to Wisconsin to California for her father.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
This novel takes place five years after the events in Anywhere But Here ( LJ 3/15/89) and includes many of the same characters. Mayan, the daughter in the earlier novel, is now a medical student in her late twenties living a studious, if unexciting, life in New York City. Her existence is turned on end, however, as she becomes consumed with the search for her father, who abandoned the family when Mayan was a young child. The search becomes an obsession that brings her to the edge of destruction: She spends all her savings on the services of a sleazy detective who never gets her any closer to her goal and lets her studies, her friendships, and even her health lapse without seeming to realize it. A fascinating study of a person ruled by obsession, bringing to mind Vladimir Nabokov's Humbert Humbert, this novel offers a wrenching and provocative portrait of a truly dysfunctional family. Simpson's writing is straightforward and often beautifully poetic. Highly recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/91.
- Jessica Grim, Oberlin Coll. Lib., Ohio
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Too long getting to the result. The result too unsatisfying. I started skimming through trying to get through the ridiculous number of times this woman threw her life away trying... Read morePublished 4 months ago by LNK
I enjoy Mona Simpsons books for the same reason I am lukewarm about this one. Character development is always well done and the stories are in depth. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kelly Sims
Mona Simpson's somewhat autobigraphical novel.
She is the sister of Steve Jobs. Both were adopted.
Gives some insight into her reaction to that situation
I loved this book. It created a whole world I fell into for about a week. I grew up with a father but nonetheless the young woman's yearning, as she looked for love in her life,... Read morePublished on December 26, 2009 by Lara N. Cardamone
M. Simpson is one of the most intelligent, lyrical and emotionally-profound writers working today. This book is about an obsession that drives a young woman's life, an obsession... Read morePublished on August 15, 2009 by A reader
The writing is insightful and beautiful. Some of it reads like prose. The writer has developed since "Anywhere But Here" and this book is magnificent on a different level than... Read morePublished on August 4, 2008 by I. Smith