A Regular Guy : A Novel

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 way of a third-person narrator recounting the adventures of younger Jane di Natali, however the subject is still an identical: the hunt for, and the try to comprehend, the absent father.

This time the daddy is a millionaire biotechnology mogul 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 not in a position to supplying it; Tom is much from prepared for this accountability. lovers of Simpson's earlier novels usually are not disillusioned through this day trip into the cracked global of relations kinfolk.

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

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