Having been left wanting something after I read â€œThe Mistresses Daughterâ€ by A.M. Homes, I decided to read another of her books. My hope was that by reading something else written by her I could get a better sense of her style, depth, talent and confirm or deny my feeling that she left something out of the memoir.
I read â€œThis Book Will Save Your Lifeâ€ this weekend. I liked it. It was definitely different than her memoir and I will even say it was better written. Very full, developed, robust characters, lots of stuff going on in the book. I liked it. I was able to form visuals of real life actors who could potray the characters in the book. (Nick Nolte would for sure have to play the character of Nick Thompson).
I found myself wondering if the words she used for Ben, the son who had been left behind by his father when his parents divorced, werenâ€™t somehow the words of an adoptee. The Ben feelings were so strong, so direct, so powerful, I felt the author had to be drawing from her own feelings of loss and abandonment.
Had I not picked up another of her books after the memoir, I donâ€™t think I would have read anything else by her. But now I shall. I wonder if her adoptee status shows up in any of her other books?