Entertainment Weekly


Stay Connected


Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content


The Mistress's Daughter

Posted on

At 31, A.J. Homes learned her birth mother was looking for her. Her mother, it turns out, got pregnant when she was an unwed 22-year-old in an affair with her married boss. Homes meets both: her clingy mom and arrogant dad. Despite some physical similarities — ”his butt looks familiar; I am watching him and I’m thinking: There goes my ass” — Homes finds nothing of herself in the man. The first part of The Mistress’s Daughter, which ran in The New Yorker, is a powerful examination of family and self, of the adopted versus the biological, but its impact is diluted in the meandering second half. As always, though, Homes’ prose remains razor sharp. B