By Gay Daly
Updated March 03, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST
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Janet, My Mother, and Me

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Janet Flanner was the subtle observer and brilliant wordsmith who wrote The New Yorker‘s ”Letter From Paris” for half a century. Natalia Danesi Murray was her lover for almost 40 years. William Murray, Natalia’s son by an early marriage, was a staff writer at The New Yorker for over 30 years. In Janet, My Mother, and Me, sparing no one, not even himself, he reconstructs a triangular relationship so intense and so intimately rendered that it is absolutely riveting. He studies Janet and Natalia’s emotional history, gives us a glimpse of Flanner’s genius, and explores his own bonds with these two amazing women with tenderness, insight, and great literary skill. A

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