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Nina Dabek
My Father's Wife and My Daughter's Emu
Nina Dabek, author
In the first half of this psychological and subtly humorous collection of linked short stories we meet the child and adolescent Naomi, who lives in the Bronx with her two sisters and her parents. Naomi not only grapples with the complexity of her relationships, her family's mysteries, and the world around her, but also finds her way to her lesbian identity. In the second half, the adult Naomi experiences the challenges and pleasures of lesbian motherhood, while continuing to untangle her father's past and present and her complicated love for him. My Father's Wife and My Daughter's Emu by Nina Dabek follows the trajectory of one lesbian's life--from childhood to motherhood--as she makes sense of the world.