Blumenthal, a poet and director of Harvard's creative writing program, has written the touching story of his search for his true identity. After he was born, his biological parents left him to be raised by his aunt and uncle; it was not until later that he discovered that his "parents" were in reality not his birth mother and father. After the woman who raised him died of cancer, his adopted father married again, and this unloving stepmother made his life extremely difficult. Although many of the events in Blumenthal's memoir are traumatic, his narrative is filled with humor. In the final sections, with the deaths of his two fathers and stepmother, the mood changes, and his thoughts on his heritage as well as his legacy to his own son are reflective and deeply moving. Adding to the book's pleasures are selections from Blumenthal's poems that relate to the events and moods of the narrative. Recommended for all public libraries.
Michael gives an overview of the book:
Michael Blumenthal graduated from the Cornell Law School with a J.D. degree in 1974, after studying philosophy and economics at the State U. of New York at Binghamton. His seventh book of poems, And, will be published by BOA Editions in May, 2009. A graduate of...