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The Lost Father | [Mona Simpson]

The Lost Father

All you have to do to become somebody’s God is disappear." The speaker is Mayan Atassi, the wise and frighteningly vulnerable heroine who captivated readers of Mona Simpson’s Anywhere But Here and who now narrates the novel’s immensely powerful successor. Mayan’s god is her father, who left her when she was a child. Up until now she has worshiped him by waiting for him to come back. But at the age of 28 Mayan sets out to find him. Her quest is an epic, wrenching search that leads her across two continents to the high edge of madness.
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"All you have to do to become somebody’s God is disappear." The speaker is Mayan Atassi, the wise and frighteningly vulnerable heroine who captivated readers of Mona Simpson’s Anywhere But Here and who now narrates the novel’s immensely powerful successor. Mayan’s god is her father, who left her when she was a child. Up until now she has worshiped him by waiting for him to come back. But at the age of 28 Mayan sets out to find him. Her quest is an epic, wrenching search that leads her across two continents to the high edge of madness. It leads the reader to a poignant understanding of the nature of love and lovelessness, fathers and fatherlessness, and of the loyalties that make us who we are - even when they threaten to destroy us.

©2012 Mona Simpson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Phenomenal…brilliant, astonishing, and wholly original…Simpson [has] created a marvel." (Newsweek)

"A breathtaking piece of fiction; Simpson is a writer who can break our heart and mend it in the same sentence." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

"Intimate in scale…profound in implication…dazzling…an essence of family life has been distilled; it is a heady perfume…and enriching experience." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 09-08-13
    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 09-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not as good as ANYWHERE BUT HERE"

    So wanted to like this one after enjoying ANYWHERE BUT HERE, but I stopped listening after about 2 hours. Just couldn't get into it.
    BTW, did you know Mona Simpson is the sister of Steve Jobs?

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